The San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board’s (WDB) mission of transforming lives and strengthening business sprung into action at recent hiring events by providing much needed community resources after the U.S freight company Yellow Corp. abruptly ceased operations this summer and when 5E Boron Americas in Hesperia was experiencing recruitment challenges.

More than 1,200 employees in San Bernardino County lost their jobs overnight. In collaboration with Yellow’s local union representative, two job fairs were immediately organized. Over 300 laid off workers attended and a massive undertaking that included follow-up interviews and ongoing access to the career support resources was offered by WDB.

5E Boron Americas in Hesperia, a leader in the mining of minerals needed in everything from electric-vehicle batteries to solar panels to the specialty glass used in cell phones, was not having success recruiting with employment agencies, so they turned to Hiring Events sponsored by WDB and the High Desert AJCC to help fill their positions.

“I was struggling to get 20 people to work as process control officers. Then I met (WDB Business Services Specialist) Sal (Monica),” Susan Baker 5E’s Human Resource Business Partner told WDB Board members during a recent presentation. “We went to our first Job Fair, took over 100 paper applicants, and hired 25 people. We fully trained them, and two of those people are already up for promotion.”

Read more about these Impact Stories in the WDB Newsletter.

For more information: Click on these links for San Bernardino County Workforce Development’s FREE employment and business resources, workshops and webinars and more services, or call 1-800-451-5627.

Additional County Update News – September 29, 2023

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