Bee file, 2013. Glenn Spencer, a laid-off Campbell Soup Co. worker, checks out job postings at the Sacramento Works Career Center.

Job Front: Laid-off Sacramento workers get tools to land new jobs

Published: Monday, May. 13, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, May. 13, 2013 - 7:45 am

Employees laid off from 25 Sacramento-area companies can find tools to get back into the workforce at a special workshop Thursday in Sacramento.

The 9:30 a.m. workshop jointly hosted by the California Employers Association and the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency at SETA headquarters, 925 Del Paso Blvd., focuses on area workers from a variety of companies including Campbell Soup, Comcast, Hostess, Xyratex and others.

"This is for laid-off workers who are part of these mass layoffs," said Daniela Devitt, a California Employers Association outreach director. "We try to give them insight into what's so challenging about this market and how they're going to work in this next economy."

Displaced workers also will find if they are eligible for training and re-employment programs under the Sacramento Works Lay-Off Assistance Grant.

Workers and job seekers will learn about training opportunities at SETA and Sacramento Works.

SETA, in March, received nearly $6 million in grant funding from the state – money that the job training program will pump into community colleges, vocational schools, area companies and career retraining.

The grant also helps provide career counseling and personal assessment to on-the-job training and support services, according to SETA.

More than 800 laid-off workers are expected to be aided by the state grant, said SETA officials.

The California Employers Association's help includes Professional Edge, its 16-week re-employment program, focusing on building job skills, quickly returning job seekers to a changing workforce.

"One of the things we have seen is how the workforce has changed so rapidly. (Workers) really have to manage their own careers," Devitt said.

"This focuses on contemporary job skills – what skills they need for this market."

Registration is required for the event.

For information and to register, call California Employers Association at (916) 921-1312, or email

Preparing for a job search

Learn how to prepare for your job search at a free seminar on Wednesday. The 6:30 p.m. discussion at Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento, details the job search including résumé writing, job interviews and considering job offers.

For more information, call the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit

Job fair is Saturday

Cordova Baptist Church is hosting the first in a series of information fairs for job seekers Saturday.

Attendees at the event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 10527 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova, will receive information on college resources, state employment, community resources and entrepreneurship advice from local speakers.

Other events in the series will be May 25 and June 8, 15, and 22.

The fair is free. For more information, call the church at (916) 470-1585 or (916) 402-8888.

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Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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