Regional Career & Hiring Event Connects Students and Job Seekers With Employers

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce is partnering with other regional organizations to host the Work North Central Career and Hiring Event scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green Street, Gardner, Mass.

Adult job seekers, high school graduates, college students in the community, retired individuals interested in returning to the workforce, or anyone interested in learning about full and part-time employment opportunities or training resources in North Central Massachusetts, are invited to attend to connect with participating employers and training providers.

 The event is open to the public and free for job seekers and students interested in connecting with local employers of all sizes and industries to discuss employment and career opportunities available in the region. Those organization participating include Fitchburg State University, the MassHire North Central Massachusetts Career Center, MassHire North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, and Mount Wachusett Community College.

In addition to participating organizations, employers from diverse industries will be discussing career and employment opportunities for all levels of skill and backgrounds, including entry level, and professional and technical positions in such industries as construction, distribution, education, financial services, government, healthcare, hospitality, non-profit, manufacturing, restaurants, and others.

In addition, the event will also offer demonstrations and various career and training resources available to students and job seekers. Complimentary head shots, resume review, career coaching and various workshops and seminars will also be available. Mount Wachusett Community College will also be offering informational sessions about free training programs available for individuals interested in pursuing careers in healthcare and manufacturing. Other special sessions planned during the hiring event includes a panel presentation hosted by the Young Professionals of North Central Massachusetts. This panel of successful young professionals will discuss topics such as finding the balance of work and family, the best ways to search for a job, dressing for the right job, talking about employee benefits, why networking is important and more. 

 Students from local high schools will be attending, including Fitchburg High School, Gardner High School, Leominster School of Excellence, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Murdoch High School, Nashoba Tech High School, Sizer School, and the Winchendon School.

 “As a leader in helping North Central Massachusetts compete for talent and advance the region’s economic prosperity, we realize there is a critical need to help our local businesses find qualified and skilled talent in order to grow and succeed,” said Roy M. Nascimento, president & CEO, North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce. “This event is aimed to create economic opportunity, and a strong and diversified workforce for our employers, while providing local students and job seekers the opportunity to meet with a number of employers in one location.”

The Work North Central Career and Hiring Event is an outgrowth of the North Central Massachusetts Talent Compact, a collective impact coalition convened by the Chamber and other major stakeholders to address the complex talent and workforce challenges facing the region. The group consists of prominent business, education, workforce, and community leaders who are committed to collective action and leadership. The event also complements the Chamber’s WorkNorthCentral.com Jobs Board, which serves as an online resource to connect job seekers and local employers while also improving the talent pipeline and better connecting employers to local schools.

Free parking for job seekers and attendees is available at Mount Wachusett Community College. Public transportation is also available via the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) for anyone who may require it. Check MART’s website for more information at www.mrta.us.

Pre-registration is not required, and walk-ins are welcome.

For more information on the Work North Central Career and Hiring Event, please visit www.northcentralmass.com. Employers interested in participating and reserving a table at the Work North Central Hiring Event should contact Terry Young at 978.353.7600, ext. 244, or Kat Deal at 978.353.7600, ext. 235, to inquire about availability.