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Get involved with Hawaii2Work

By Staff | Aug 20, 2021

Just this month, we’ve heard from TS Restaurants, Merriman’s Kapalua, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua and other West Side companies looking to fill open positions.

According to Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, employers across the state continue to struggle to hire new workers.

Chamber of Commerce Hawaii and partners recently launched the “Hawaii2Work – Securing Tomorrow’s Workforce Today” Campaign. The goal is to address Hawaii’s workforce shortage, help dislocated workers find jobs and encourage Hawaii’s business community to invest in their future workforce by getting involved in work-based learning.

The campaign aims to connect job-seekers to Hawaii is Hiring, where they can find online resources to aid in their ongoing job search; recruit new employers into participating in work-based learning programs; and link job-seekers to training resources at University of Hawaii Community Colleges and career coaching and job placement support at the American Job Centers Hawaii.

For employers, the campaign encourages the local business community to register on ClimbHI Bridge, an online portal that more than 275 local companies are already using to offer work-based learning — such as guest speaking and internships — to local public schools statewide.

“As we work together to get Hawaii’s economy thriving again, employment is on everyone’s minds,” said Sherry Menor McNamara, president and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

“But amidst the challenges, we want everyone to know there are things we all can do. Hawaii is Hiring is a great resource for both job-seekers who are looking to re-enter the workforce. We’re also inviting employers to support our youth’s college and career success by participating in work-based learning in our local high schools. By becoming a Work-Based Learning partner, companies can help to shape the future workforce of Hawaii and help provide our youth with access to higher education, high-wage jobs and improved future employment prospects.”

Businesses and job-seekers can get involved at cochawaii.org/hawaii2work.