ROSELLE – In front of a packed audience of business leaders and residents, Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley and Borough Council members yesterday announced a progressive employment training program intended to create opportunities for residents who are unemployed or under-employed.
“Just like communities throughout New Jersey and the nation, Roselle has been terribly hit by this lingering economic recession,” said Holley, in remarks before the Roselle Chamber of Commerce at the Roselle Golf Course. “Today, through this aggressive initiative, local government and local business are coming together to help spark the economy of Roselle and get our residents back to work.”
The Roselle First Initiative – exclusively available to Roselle residents, includes a number of programs that connect residents with local employers for meaningful and sustainable employment. The program centers on the creation of the “Roselle First Workplace Center,” and developing long-term partnerships with federal, state and local government, as well as businesses, colleges, schools, non-profits and faith-based organizations.
During yesterday’s announcement, Holley pointed out in the audience some of the 12 teens and 12 business owners who are the first beneficiaries of the Roselle First Initiative. The teens have temporary jobs, with their wages funded through Union County, as the first step toward ongoing employment.
“What we have created here is a free platform for residents and business owners in Roselle to connect about local interests, job openings and potential contracting opportunities,” said Council President Christine Dansereau. “We are giving residents the training and skills they need to become superb employees, while identifying opportunities throughout the town and around the region.”
Colleen Mahr, the borough’s economic development coordinator, noted a vital component of Roselle First is the networking platform that connects Roselle residents to the greater business community. That includes a training and assistance program for people who have been incarcerated and eager to start new lives.
“The mayor’s initiative will also help nurture the next generation of Roselle residents by engaging teens in personal and career development programs,” Mahr said. “And, just as importantly, Roselle First creates opportunities for youth to give back to the community.”
Valerie Dering, a local realtor and president of the Roselle Chamber of Commerce, said Roselle First will give local youth strong direction in the workplace, and the advantage of earning a weekly paycheck. More than that, it is an opportunity to see what it is like to hold a job down and the responsibilities that come with it – making them more responsible citizens.”
Holley was thrilled with the turnout and support he has received for the Roselle First Initiative. “Looking out into the crowd tonight, there were people here who will play a crucial role in the success of this program.”
Those interested in joining the Roselle Chamber of Commerce should call 1-908-298-0123, Dering added.