City expands career training for laid-off airline workers

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Laid-off airline workers will receive more career training.

The City announced Tuesday it will use a $1.4 million federal grant to further help the workers plan and train for new careers.

"This is an ideal opportunity for these workers to learn new skills for career advancement and be competitive in the labor market," Mayor Mufi Hannemann said. "These services are provided at no cost to qualified participants. Federal funds are limited and people should take advantage of the opportunity while these resources are available."

Since the layoffs were announced in April, the City has been helping find new employment for these workers by providing training and sponsoring job fairs.

More than 40 have also been hired directly by the City.

About 190 workers have already enrolled with Oahu WorkLinks under another grant to upgrade their skills in a variety of fields such as Computer Applications; Commercial Driver License; Medical Assistants; Pharmacy Technicians; Paralegal; Web Design; Digital Media; Culinary Arts; Food Service; Office Administration; Cosmetology; Maritime License etc.  About 40 eligible training providers including universities, community colleges, and private schools offer full-time and part-time courses and programs island-wide.

Career planning, job search assistance and re-employment services are also available to all former airline workers at no cost.

For more information or to sign up for briefings, call Dillingham Oahu WorkLinks at 843-0733 or Waianae Oahu WorkLinks at 696-7067.