(Washington DC) – Today, the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) hosted the first of two first-source hiring events at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for District residents. Today’s first hiring event focused on construction industry opportunities, while tomorrow’s event is for positions outside the construction industry. Tomorrow’s event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and residents can register online.
Over 200 employers, training providers and learning opportunities are available to participants. Only residents of the department can attend. Workers will have the opportunity to meet with employers for on-site interviews, pre-employment training and employment assistance.
“The workforce landscape has changed and DOES remains committed to meeting residents where they are. This district is full of capable, knowledgeable, and talented people who deserve opportunities to advance their careers and contribute to their communities,” said DOES Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. “Companies and organizations will share information and provide opportunities for a dedicated workforce seeking employment and career development. DC workers ensure the prosperity of our neighborhoods, workplaces and communities, and we encourage both experienced and new workers to participate and take advantage of a job opportunity.
For more than 30 years, First Source has been a driving force behind the District’s strategy to reduce unemployment by ensuring DC residents receive priority consideration for new jobs created by supported projects or contracts. by the local government. Prior to both events, registration for the First Source Hiring event will be open to workers, and employers can register to meet, interview and hire workers attending the job fairs.
DOES is the district’s primary labor and workforce development agency and is responsible for providing district residents with essential employment readiness and skills training services. To learn more about the apprenticeships, programs, and services offered by DOES, and for more information about DCIA, visit does.dc.gov or es.does.dc.gov.