TALLAHASSEE – Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia R. Lorenzo has issued an advisory warning Floridians to be wary of companies offering beach cleanup jobs for a fee.
Recent reports indicate some Floridians have paid fees to submit applications or undergo training for oil spill-related jobs, only to later discover the advertised jobs were not available or the training not as described.
“In collaboration with Workforce Florida Inc. and Florida’s Regional Workforce Boards, we are working diligently to advance Governor Crist’s priority of connecting local job seekers with BP-certified contractors in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” said Director Lorenzo. “We encourage Floridians to visit www.FloridaGulfRecoveryJobs.com, a dedicated portal of the state’s official online job bank that offers free, convenient and secure online applications for confirmed response and recovery jobs.”
While BP’s contractors and subcontractors are responsible for hiring decisions and training, Florida’s workforce system is strongly encouraging these employers to hire unemployed local Floridians first for local response and recovery jobs.
More than 10,850 recovery and response-related positions are currently advertised and nearly 31,000 people have been referred to positions through www.FloridaGulfRecoveryJobs.com, which was launched by Governor Crist last month.
Although some private companies are providing job opportunities in the recovery effort, job seekers should be aware that others may be exploiting the situation for personal gain. AWI and Workforce Florida Inc. encourage Floridians to:
Be cautious about traveling to job sites in different counties unless a position has been offered and accepted. Residents in counties impacted by the oil spill are receiving priority in hiring for cleanup and response jobs in their local communities.