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    1. United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel Named Among Top 100 Women-led Businesses In Massachusetts

      United Personnel announced it has been named one of  the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts by the Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports female business owners. The list, published in the Boston Globe, was developed based on revenue, number of full-time employees in the state, team diversity, and innovation. The rankings feature a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, business services, healthcare, education, human services, and retail. United Personnel was number 75 on the list, and was one of only two companies based in Western Mass. represented.

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    2. Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      Holyoke host veterans job fair, region’s top employers on hand

      The third annual Military and Veterans Job Fair attracted dozens of regional employers and a steady stream of applicants at the War Memorial Building on Friday. Applicants met with major employers, including Amazon, MGM-Springfield, Gulfstream, Baystate Health Systems, U.S. Postal Service, University of Massachusetts Amherst, General Dynamics, Hazen Paper and Hood.

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    3. Held back by aging workforce, Massachusetts economy contracted in Q3; US economic growth slows to 0.9% - masslive.com

      Held back by aging workforce, Massachusetts economy contracted in Q3; US economic growth slows to 0.9% - masslive.com

      An aging baby boomer labor force, and lack of qualified younger workers to replace them, appears to be holding back the Massachusetts economy, but economists with MassBenchmarks are not warning of a recession.  The state’s economy contracted two-tenths of a percentage point in the third quarter, according to the most recent report from MassBenchmarks, part of the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute in Hadley.

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    4. CRRC MA Job Fair 10/26/2019 Tickets, Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

      CRRC MA Job Fair 10/26/2019 Tickets, Sat, Oct 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

      With MBTA Orange and red line car production underway at CRRC MA’s rail car manufacturing facility and the corporation’s other contract with Philadelphia’s SEPTA soon to begin we are seeking approx. 30 union production workers.  We are working closely with David Cruise, unions, and the educational institutions to recruit locally.

      Hiring to continue throughout 2020. 

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    5. Amazon hiring for Holyoke distribution center by invite only; applicants told to text e-commerce giant - masslive.com

      Amazon hiring for Holyoke distribution center by invite only; applicants told to text e-commerce giant - masslive.com

      Amazon is hiring workers for its new $5.6 million distribution center now under construction near the Holyoke Mall, but applicants must first apply online for access to invitation-only hiring fairs.  Applicants are told to text the word WESTMASS to 77088 to receive updates of job opportunities, or view all opportunities at or visit http://amazon.force.com.

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    6. Amazon delivery contractor lays off hundreds in Massachusetts, Connecticut, state documents say

      Amazon delivery contractor lays off hundreds in Massachusetts, Connecticut, state documents say

      A delivery service is ending its contract with Amazon and laying off 201 drivers in Massachusetts and another 74 who work out of Bristol, Connecticut. Urban Mobility Now, with offices in Boston and Bristol, told departments of labor in both states last week that the layoffs will be effective Oct. 9, according to documents made public under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The Massachusetts layoffs are in Chelsea, Dedham and Milford, according to WARN notices filed Sept. 12 with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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    7. MGM Springfield slates auditions for table game dealers including ‘on the spot’ hiring - masslive.com

      MGM Springfield slates auditions for table game dealers including ‘on the spot’ hiring - masslive.com

      MGM Springfield announced Monday that it is prepared to hire qualified card game dealers “on the spot” when it conducts interviews and auditions scheduled Sept. 3, and Sept. 5.  MGM Springfield is hosting the open auditions for qualified table game dealers on both dates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., at MGM on the 9th floor of 95 State St.  “Candidates will be hired on the spot if they pass the auditions for blackjack, craps and roulette,” MGM said.

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    8. Job expo features dozens of companies

      Job expo features dozens of companies

      Dozens of area companies will be on hand at the “Get a New Career at The Keeping Western Mass Working” Job Expo today from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Center Court of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. MassHire Springfield Career Center is sponsoring the event along with Entercom Communications Springfield and Radio.Com

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    9. Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Creating pathways: Springfield’s Tech Foundry celebrates latest graduates, $50K grant from MassTech

      Before she started training at Tech Foundry, Damaris Ortiz of Springfield didn’t know how to leap from classes at Springfield Technical Community College into the career she wanted working with computers. Erwin Bates of Ludlow was laid off in December and didn’t want to go back to the factory jobs he’d had since getting out of the Marines in 1994. "I'd always been interested in IT, hobby programming, learning on my own time," Bates said.

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    10. Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce, market-rate housing at South Hadley plaza will be driven by market need, owners say

      Workforce housing, subsidized units targeted to households making about 80% of the community’s median income, will be part of the 72-unit apartment building proposed Wednesday for the former Big Y site in the Woodlawn Plaza, 501 Newton St. And the plaza owners hope to have Springfield-based Wayfinders housing agency manage the building. The building will be called The Park at Woodlawn, according to drawings shared Wednesday. It will be four stories tall and cover about a three-acre portion of the property.

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    11. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, employers, to talk work force development at STCC

      Employers will gather Monday at Springfield Technical Community College to talk about preparing potential applicants for jobs that businesses are having trouble filling. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is the keynote speaker. The event is organized by the college and the Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, a local trade organization of precision manufacturers.

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    12. The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council/Springfield WORKS seeking full-time Commonwealth Corp Service Members

      The Economic Development Council Western Mass/Springfield WORKS to host two full-time Commonwealth Corps service minded interns to serve as Community Alignment Specialists for the Springfield WORKS Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Cities Challenge initiative.  The Commonwealth Corps Community Alignment Specialists will build and align partnerships to promote two generation and whole family approach to jobs with residents, employers, education institutions, City and community leaders.  

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    13. Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      Savage Arms of Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke train workers through state grants

      With $287,000 in state grant money, two local companies are having employees trained through Training & Workforce Options, a collaborative workforce development program at Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College.Westfield-based firearms manufacturer Savage Arms received $238,485 from the state’s Workforce Training Fund for customized training for 67 workers, according to a press release. Employees are training now on computer numerical control (CNC) machines at STCC’s Smith & Wesson Technology Applications Center, a machine-tool lab and classroom complex at the Springfield Technology Park.

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    14. Training & Workforce Options Helps Secure Funds to Train Workers at Two Companies

      Training & Workforce Options Helps Secure Funds to Train Workers at Two Companies

      Training & Workforce Options (TWO) helped obtain grants to train workers at Savage Arms in Westfield and Conklin Office Furniture in Holyoke. In March, the Baker-Polito administration announced the awarding of $7.48 million in Workforce Training Fund Program grants that will fund training for almost 6,000 workers and is expected to create more than 1,100 new jobs in the Commonwealth over the next two years. The awarded grants included $238,485 for customized training for 67 workers at Savage Arms and $48,820 to train 72 workers at Conklin Office Furniture.

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    15. Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Bay Path to Host Workshop on May 6 to Help Women Re-enter the Workforce

      Looking to return to work after an extended absence? You need to understand your professional story — and how to tell it. On Monday, May 6, Bay Path University will host “The Next Chapter: Transitioning Back to Work After an Extended Absence.” This session, presented by Strategic Alliances at Bay Path University and Johnson & Hill Staffing, and in partnership with the Bay Path University Advisory Council, is designed for women in all industries and at all levels of their career looking to make a return to the workforce.

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    16. United Personnel Aims to Make Life Easier for Clients

      United Personnel Aims to Make Life Easier for Clients

      At its core, the mission of a staffing agency is to connect employers with job seekers — a task United Personnel has tackled with success for 35 years. But creating those matches doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Rather, building a healthy workforce is a region-wide effort that makes demands of employers, colleges, training programs, K-to-12 schools, and lawmakers. United Personnel President Tricia Canavan recognizes this big picture — and her firm’s role in closing the gaps.

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    17. Work Opportunity Center Cuts Ribbon on Facility in Springfield

      Work Opportunity Center Cuts Ribbon on Facility in Springfield

      Work Opportunity Center Inc. held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 8 at its newly purchased and renovated community-based day-services (CBDS) facility located at 73 Marketplace in Springfield. Established in 1969, Work Opportunity Center Inc. (WOC) initially served its participants through a center-based work-service model. Community-based day services were added in the summer of 2014. In June 2016, center-based work services were discontinued for all participants, and those services were converted to CBDS. As of March 14, 2019, there are approximately 84 individuals participating in WOC CBDS services. Last month, 34 program participants and six staff members transferred from the WOC ...

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    18. YouthWorks Program Seeks Employers to Participate in Summer-jobs Program

      YouthWorks Program Seeks Employers to Participate in Summer-jobs Program

      The MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board will hold a press conference on Friday, April 5 to launch its 2019 YouthWorks summer-jobs campaign. The event will take place at 1 p.m. at the Reed Institute, located at 152 Notre Dame St., Westfield. The agency’s goal is to place up to 800 youth in summer jobs. Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan will be joined by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, and Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos to announce the summer youth-employment initiative. Also in attendance will be state Sen. James Welch and state Reps. Joseph Wagner, John Velis, Jose ...

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    19. United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel Wins ClearlyRated’s 2019 Best of Staffing Client And Talent Awards

      United Personnel announced it has won the Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards from ClearyRated, formerly known as Inavero. These awards were granted to United Personnel for the second year in a row for providing superior service to its clients and placed talent. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing winners have proven to be industry leaders in service quality based entirely on ratings by their clients and the candidates they’ve helped find jobs. On average, clients of winning agencies are 2.2 times more likely to be completely satisfied, and candidates who have been ...

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    20. Free Training Opportunity: TRAIN Program

      Essential Work Skills Training: Develop the skills most asked for by employers.

      • Job Search Skills: resume, online jobs, interviewing, mock interviews
      • Math and Reading: a basic refresher & culinary and manufacturing math
      • Career Exploration: learn about in demand industries and find out which is a good fit
      • Financial Empowerment: be prepared for transitions in benefits & manage your earnings
      • Customer Service: earn the Certified Guest Service Professional credential
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