Hundreds Attend Philadelphia School District Career Fair

With weeks to spare until students return to class, the Philadelphia school district held its first of two job fairs to fill support positions.

District officials say 800 people registered for Monday’s job fair, which was held at South Philadelphia High School.

General cleaners, special education assistants and various catering positions were some of the opportunities offered to participants.

There is also an open call for bus drivers which includes a $500 signing bonus. The district said the tight labor market has made hiring difficult, so they are offering training opportunities for some jobs.

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“For me, this is a great opportunity to learn and grow because I’m planning on becoming a teacher and this is a big step towards that,” Anthony Obando told FOX 29’s Kelly Rule. Obando said that he planned to follow in his brother’s footsteps and be an 8th grade math teacher.

According to the district, nearly 97% of teaching positions have been filled and 87% of nursing positions. Building engineers, another opportunity offered at Monday’s job fair, currently have a hiring capacity of 71%.

“We also have a building engineer training program, so if you want to learn how to become a building engineer, we’re here to support you,” said Larisa Chambaugh, Director of Talent.

The district will hold another job fair on August 10, but people can apply for a job at any time.

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