MSO Hosts Inaugural Job Fair For Incarcerated Individuals
Dec 07, 2019 01:09AM
By Bill Gilman
Carpenters - Jim Turner of the New England Carpenters Training Fund talks with participants at the Middlesex Sheriff's Office inaugural job fair for incarcerated individuals on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
BILLERICA. – More than 70 individuals incarcerated at the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction participated in the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office inaugural job fair on Wednesday, December 4.
During morning and afternoon sessions, incarcerated individuals had the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly a dozen businesses, staffing agencies and unions to learn about post-release employment opportunities.
“Individuals re-entering the community at the conclusion of their incarceration face significant hurdles,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “Ensuring returning citizens have access to meaningful employment, stable housing, treatment programs and educational opportunities are keys to reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety. This job fair builds upon our existing initiatives designed to help support individuals both during their time with us and post-release.”
In advance of the job fair, incarcerated individuals who signed up to participate in the event worked with Middlesex Sheriff’s Office staff on interview skills and resume development. Individuals who already had resumes had the opportunity to update them, while staff worked with those who did not to build new ones.
“I want to thank all those who participated in our inaugural job fair, from the staff who organized it to the incarcerated individuals and, most importantly, those who spent the day educating participants about future opportunities,” said Sheriff Koutouijan. “We look forward to making this a regular event in years to come.”
Currently, the MSO is in the process of planning a follow up job fair for formerly incarcerated individuals in the spring. Entities interested in participating in this or other future job fairs may contact Assistant Superintendent Josh Bowdridge at 978-932-3220 for more information.
To learn more about the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, please visit our website at www.middlesexsheriff.org.