Michigan Works agencies team up to host job fair for child care workers

Recognizing the critical shortage of child care staff in Southeast Michigan, five Michigan Works agencies are teaming up to host the region’s largest virtual child care job fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15.

Detroit Employment Solutions Corp., Oakland County Michigan Works, Michigan Works Macomb/St. Clair, Michigan Works Southeast and Southeast Michigan Community Alliance Michigan Works is coordinating the virtual event with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and Great Start to Quality, according to a press release from Michigan Works.

These events are hosted on the Brazen platform, provided by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

“A strong child care industry is crucial to Southeast Michigan’s economy,” Shamar Herron, executive director of Michigan Works Southeast, said in the release. “Not only do child care programs provide rewarding jobs, but as we emerge from the pandemic, they get working parents back into the workforce and need to be properly staffed.”

Jennifer Llewellyn, director of Oakland County Michigan Works, said this virtual job fair will connect those interested in child care and parenting with a number of child care providers, including private employers and school districts offering early childhood programs.

“Area daycares are struggling to find talent,” Llewellyn said in the statement. “At the same time, we know there are high school students, college students and adults looking for fulfilling and meaningful career opportunities in their communities. This can be a first step in achieving this goal.

About 100 licensed child care providers with immediate openings from Lenawee, Branch, Hillsdale, Jackson Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties are expected to participate. Many of them have received Childcare Stabilization Grant funds through the US bailout to hire, train and retain staff.

According to the Michigan Department of Education, as of September there were more than 4,700 full-time vacancies in Michigan and a similar number of part-time positions.

As participation in the virtual job fair is limited, job seekers are encouraged to register by visiting michigan.gov/workforce.

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