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            The City has hired more than 40 former Aloha Airlines employees who lost their jobs when the company shut down last month, and officials are looking forward to hiring many more workers through a major job fair being held today. The City also facilitated training for four former Aloha pilots that will allow them to qualify for jobs with other airlines.

            The former Aloha employees hired by the City will work in a wide range of jobs in several departments, including Budget and Fiscal Services (including the Liquor Commission), Facility Maintenance, Community Services, Emergency Services, Design and Construction, Corporation Counsel, Human Resources, Planning and Permitting, Fire, Board of Water Supply, Neighborhood Commission, and City Clerk. Several additional former Aloha employees are currently being considered for City employment.

“This unprecedented effort was the result of close interagency communication and commitments by all those involved in the hiring process to expedite the interview, selection, and processing of applicants,” said Ken Nakamatsu, director of the City’s Department of Human Resources. “We are very pleased with the results and look forward to our City Career Expo tomorrow, in which DHR and City agencies will again be actively recruiting and promoting employment opportunities with the City.”

The four former Aloha pilots were eligible for training under the federal Workforce Investment Act, which provides funding for a training program operated by the City’s Department of Community Services.

Today’s City Career Expo is part of the WorkForce 2008 Job Fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center, being held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Pikake Room. The Job Fair features over 225 local and mainland companies, including military and government agencies. Mayor Hannemann will give a welcome address to job seekers at 9:30 a.m.

            “We encourage young people and individuals working in the private sector to consider a rewarding career in public service,” said Mayor Hannemann.  “The City offers an excellent benefits package and retirement plan, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 21 paid vacation days, 21 paid sick days and 14 paid holidays a year along with other valuable benefits, including job security.”

Contact: Bill Brennan, 527-6928

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

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