LIMA — Geoff Reeder from Wapakoneta was one of hundreds of people checking out the MakerFest Job Fair Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
“I got my bachelors degree at UNOH, so I’m just looking to see what kind of work is out there. This is the first time I’ve actually been here. It’s actually kind of different. I didn’t think there would be so many jobs. It’s a very good experience,” he said.
Ohio Means Jobs sponsored the Job Fair.
“This is a nice complement to the first day of MakerFest where kind of show our youth about the jobs in the community. This is a good chance for them to bring their parents back or other job seekers to come connect with those large employers in Allen County and our smaller entry-level employers too. We’re here to talk to people about career paths and some of the great opportunities we have in Allen County,” said Joe Patton, director of Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County.
“Currently, sitting in a 10-mile radius, we have over 1,500 jobs, and I would say only about 250 of those to 300 could be what you consider entry-level wage type jobs. The rest of them are mid-level to even up to managerial level positions. Skilled labor is definitely in high demand right now. Anybody with maintenance experience, experience with electronics, computers — those are very in demand in the area,” said Patton.
Getting local people employed locally is the goal of the job fair.
“It really helps us showcase the companies we have in the area and the job opportunities that are available to the citizens of our region. Yesterday, it really helped showcase to the students in high school today what the future looks like in this region and really trying to retain them to come back and be a part of the economic development efforts that we have going on,” said Jeff Sprague, president and CEO of the Greater Lima Region Inc.
“There’s also a relationship building component because I think it’s important that we introduce those students to the companies and the companies to the students, so it really starts to build that relationship. Today’s efforts build into other activities that we’ll have going on throughout the course of the year when we do on-site visits to the companies. You’ll have the schools go there and see firsthand what’s being made or how it’s being made or some of the services that they have to offer,” said Sprague.
Those who missed MakerFest can still check out the employment opportunities in the region by going to the Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County office, 1501 S. Dixie Highway, Lima.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.