Attendees at Careers in Motion are putting new job opportunities into high gear. As part of National Infrastructure Week, the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) hosted the event bringing together more than 50 vendors, offering 70 conditional onsite hiring opportunities.
“I always have high goals set for myself. I expected to find a job here today and be able to start within the next couple of weeks,” said Daniel Gonzalez, who was interviewed and hired as a Transdev Operator. “It’s definitely a second chance for me and my family,” he said.
Business leaders from different sectors within the transportation, engineering, design, and construction industries were on hand to meet with potential employees who will help build the infrastructure of tomorrow. “Careers in Motion is one of the building blocks, I believe, to solving the workforce issue that the construction industry has,” said Guy Martin, President of Martin-Harris Construction. “This is bringing our needs directly to the community, partnered with RTC and everybody involved, they bring the workforce that we need to one spot.”
Martin moderated a panel discussion focused on the needs of the construction industry including workers, funding and diversity. “If we’re going to come up with ways to meet the needs of each of our communities, we need to have people who have diverse backgrounds, who have lived in those communities, who have experienced those communities and understand the challenges that are faced by those communities,” said Kristina Swallow, Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation and panelist. “The other piece of it is, why are we excluding, in some cases gender wise, 50-percent of the population? We need to find ways to bring more people to the table. We don’t have enough people today. How do we bring more and diversifying is one way to do that.”
Other panelist included College of Southern Nevada President Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Workforce Connections Executive Director Jaime Cruz, MCON Inc. President and Owner Juan Mendez, and KME Architects President and Owner Mel Green.
National Infrastructure Week events in Las Vegas wrap up with a Latin Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo and Luncheon Friday, May 17 at Suncoast Hotel & Casino from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.