BCCCA hosts Toyo job fair
by Cheree Dye
Jun 19, 2014 | 2273 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County College and Career Academy hosted a job fair on Tuesday for Toyo Tire’s first round of hiring to fill positions in its new expansion project. The Georgia Department of Labor partnered with the company to carry out the process of pre-screening nearly 300 applicants. The application process opened on the GDOL website Wednesday for those who could not attend the job fair.

Toyo Tire plans to hire 650 employees in phases over the next five years. During the first round, 200 jobs will be filled.

The GDOL invited applicants to attend an orientation where they became acquainted with the jobs available and the hiring process. Applications for manufacturing technicians and maintenance technicians were completed on site, as well as a pre-screening consultation with a GDOL specialist to ensure candidates met Toyo Tire’s requirements. The prerequisites include: a high school diploma or general education diploma, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have completed the Georgia WorkKeys Assesment, the manufacturing technician candidates must have one year of work experience, and two years experience working with programmable logic controllers for the maintenance technician positions. According to the GDOL website, those with military experience are given preference and any technical education or college education is beneficial.

Cindy Morely, a representative of GDOL, said, “We are here on behalf of Toyo providing a new service we offer called customized recruiting. It is similar to HR and we work with companies to help them pre-screen. It cuts down on their cost. Many companies that are expanding or starting out and don’t have the ability to bring their HR people in to do this process.”

As each section of the new construction for the Toyo Tire plant is completed, the company will bring in the newly hired employees and begin production.

“This process can take up to a year; so if applicants meet all the requirements and they do not hear anything for a few weeks, they don’t need to worry. If after one year they have not been contacted by Toyo, they need to reapply,” Morely said.

After the pre-screening is completed by GDOL, the names of all qualified applicants will be given to Toyo Tire and the company will complete the interviewing phase.

Wanda Kelley-Darden attended the event in hopes of securing a full-time job. The mother of three children graduated from college with a degree in health care management in 2006 but has been unable to find a position in the field.

“I don’t meet the qualifications for the work experience they are looking for. It’s disappointing because I am looking for the peace of mind and stability of a job with longevity. There’s not a lot of that out there right now. I work part-time now but it’s not enough.

“Since 2006 it’s been horrendous. Unemployment went up; the economy went down. It has been so hard but I will keep looking. I won’t give up.”

A former member of the U.S. Navy, Melvin Mitchell, has been out of full-time work since 2012 and participated in the job fair.

“Due to the unemployment rate being low in New Jersey, I moved there to find work. It was harder than I expected so I came back to Cartersville and gave it another attempt. It seems the job market is picking up here, so I am hopeful. Lately, there are a lot more job fairs and openings it seems, so I am going to keep on looking.

“The process today went smoothly and I am very hopeful that this will work out with Toyo. I still need to take the WorkKeys testing, so I am going to sign up for that now. It looks like I meet all the other requirements, which is great news.”

Dr. Paul Sabin, CEO and president of BCCCA, said, “Part of our mission is to create a 21st century workforce, whether it is with students or members of the community. We are open to assist the Department of Labor and Toyo is a great partner. We hope to do more in the future.”