West Michigan Works!, Disability Network Lakeshore hosting job fair

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The mission of West Michigan Works!, a workforce development agency, is to "strengthen employers by enhancing the local workforce." Photo via fb.com

West Michigan Works! and Disability Network Lakeshore are partnering to host a job fair for people with disabilities from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 9.

The event will take place at Disability Network Lakeshore, at 442 Century Lane in Holland. Available positions range from barista and cook to utilities worker. Registration is not required.

“Studies continue to reveal that businesses who hire people with disabilities outperform those who don’t,” said Amanda Rhines, executive director, Disability Network Lakeshore. “Diverse employees help companies create a diverse customer base.”

More than 50 million people in the U.S. have disabilities, and according to Rhines, this potential workforce and customer base is too often overlooked.

“Approximately 29% of people with disabilities in the U.S. are employed, compared to 75% of people without disabilities, and COVID-19 did not improve these statistics,” Rhines said. “We help employers understand how to accommodate the needs of a diverse workforce and connect them to a vast, untapped human resource.”

Rhines said recruiting and hiring people with disabilities may be the key for employers to stabilize their workforce and increase talent retention. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers who embraced workers with disabilities saw a 90% increase in employee retention.

More information about the job fair is at westmiworks.org/DNL-Job-Fair.

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