Hundreds of job seekers, many of them newly unemployed construction workers from the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Jenkinsville, flooded a job fair Monday at a high school near Chapin.
Recruiters from nearly 30 companies as well as a dozen state and local agencies conducted job interviews and accepted resumesat an event designed primarily for the 5,000 people put out of work when SCE&G and Santee Cooper shut down the Fairfield County project July 31.
The event “let you get a feel” for what companies are seeking and how you might fit it, said Chris Ward of Little Mountain, a former equipment maintenance manager at the project.
Many left the Center for Advanced Technical Studies – a Lexington-Richland 5 school – hoping a job offer will come soon.
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“I’ve got my fingers crossed,” said John Brooks of Little Mountain, a forklift operator at the plant. “I hope it’s a good outcome for many of us.”
The job fair is the first of three organized fo the alid-off nuclear workers.
Others are 9 a.m.-5 pm Wednesday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 22 for trade skills at the life center of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Chapin. A resume and interview preparation class will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the church.
Tim Flach: 803-771-8483