FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Thousands of Fort Wayne workers have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 shutdown, but that hasn’t stopped Northeast Indiana businesses from looking for new employees.
“We have a lot of different opportunities for folks who may be new to the workforce or don’t yet have a lot of experience,” said Scott Manning, INDOT Strategic Communications Director. “But we also have opportunities for folks who are seasoned and have a lot of experience that they can bring.”
INDOT is looking to fill over 100 positions, and Manning said there are openings ranging from seasonal to full-time.
Manning said a Commercial Driver’s License is the most valuable asset for people looking for a job with INDOT, but there are training programs available for people who don't have work experience.
If you are looking to participate in INDOT's virtual hiring event you will have to download Microsoft Teams in advance.
The virtual career fair will be live on April 30, from 10-11 a.m. EST, and can be accessed here.
Another organization providing workforce development during the COVID-19 shutdown is Lutheran Social Services of Indiana Works.
“We know that this personal and professional development shouldn’t stop,” said Gillian Frazier, LSSI Development Coordinator. “Because once all the restrictions are lifted there is going to be a really significant influx of people needing ready to go workers.”
LSSI Works offers virtual training opportunities for people who are chronically unemployed, or for anyone who has lost their job due to the shutdown.
“It will be college students who are struggling and it will be folks who were laid off and don’t know just what their next step is going to be,” Frazier said. “Once the job market opens back up, you can say that you voluntarily did this to better prepare yourself for a job.”