(Seguin) -- Approximately 50 employers will all be under one roof this Thursday looking to fill immediate openings in a diverse range of job skills.
The employers have all been invited to participate in the annual New Braunfels and Seguin Regional Job Fair. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Central Texas Technology Center located in northern Guadalupe County.
Josh Schneuker, director of economic development for the city of Seguin and executive director of the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), says the event is being hosted by the 10/35 Economic Development Alliance -- a partnership between the New Braunfels EDC and the Seguin EDC. He says the objective of the alliance is to help local businesses fill their vacancies with skilled employees.
"I think they should consider the opportunity because we're going to have nearly 50 businesses in attendance on Thursday. Different industries will be represented. Of course here in Seguin, we have a ton of manufacturers so pretty much all of our major manufacturers within Seguin will be in attendance, but the opportunity is available for employment within the healthcare industry, education, office positions, even some IT. It's going to be kind of a full spectrum of available positions within the Seguin and New Braunfels region. So we think the benefits to those who come out and attend are going to be very high," said Schneuker.
Schneuker says the group works hard to fill the many available jobs found in the two communities.
"There are a ton of jobs here. Right now, unemployment is very low within the region. Our businesses are doing very well and with that increase production is going to come the increase and the demand for it to fill positions. A number of employers within Seguin and the New Braunfels area are hiring for positions and are looking to hire people as soon as they can," said Schneuker.
Schneuker says not even a person's lack of transportation should be a deterrent from attending. He says they've teamed up with Rockin R River Rides. The company will be providing buses to and from the job fair from selected sites in both Seguin and New Braunfels.
"So we want to make sure that we can get everybody out to the job fair. Regardless if you have a ride on your own, we will be offering transportation in both Seguin and New Braunfels. We'll have two pick up spots and drop off locations in Seguin. One will be at Seguin City Hall and the other will be at the Seguin Workforce Center located off of (State Highway) 123 and Court Street at the shopping center there. We're going to have a bus at the parks in the morning. It takes you over to the job fair at the CTTC. You'll get to kind of hang out there, meet with the employers, explore the different opportunities and then the bus will take you back to Seguin, to those bus stops, right after lunch time. Then, we'll have a second bus that will take people who are waiting at the bus stop to the CTTC in the afternoon and bring those people back to Seguin right as the drop area is ending. I believe the time is a little after three o'clock is the departure time for that," said Schneuker.
In addition to the job fair, Workforce Solutions Alamo will be offering its Workforce on Wheels (WOW) bus at the site. The bus is equipped with computers and resources to assist job seekers with such things as creating/editing a resume, job matching, employment counseling and much much more.
Schneuker says even a local food truck will be stationed out at the site so that people can enjoy lunch. He says every detail behind planning for this job fair was considered, giving everyone an opportunity to attend.
"It's definitely not for people who are just kind of unemployed at the moment. If you're in a position right now, there's tons of opportunity for advancement and things like that. It could be with a different company and there are a ton of positions open. We're encouraging everybody to come out and see what's available out there. We don't want the weather to deter anybody. We know that there's a chance of rain all this week, but we feel like the opportunities are too good for perspective job seekers to pass up just because of the chance of inclement weather. So come out, you'll be able to stay dry, because it's inside. We look forward to connecting job seekers with our employers within the region," said Schneuker.
The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the CTTC. The CTTC is located at FM 758 next door to the New Braunfels Regional Airport.
The bus route for Seguin includes the Seguin Workforce Center. The first departure is at 9:30 a.m. with return at 2:30 p.m. The second departure is for 12:45 p.m. -- returning at 3:30 p.m.
Depature times for those at Seguin City Hall will be at 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. with return times of 12:15 and 3:30 p.m.