CLARK, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that a new Whole Foods supermarket is opening this August in Clark, creating 200 new jobs in Union County covering all areas of retail food operations. The positions will be filled through the County’s new Workforce Innovation Business (WIB) Center, which was established earlier this year at the Mills at Jersey Gardens.

Applications are being accepted from now until July 10. Interested applicants must come in person to the WIB Center at the Mills at Jersey Gardens, 651 Kapkowski Road in Elizabeth.

“The WIB Center is one of my Chairman’s Initiatives for 2015, and it has already far exceeded my expectations,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “The word has spread fast: Union County employers can quickly and easily access a pool of skilled, qualified job seekers by working with the experienced staff at our WIB Center.”

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The WIB Center builds on the success of Union County’s One-Stop Career Centers, and on the Freeholder Board’s partnership with Union County Community College. Through this rapidly growing relationship, job seekers can access training and other career services that help match them with prospective employers.

“Whole Foods is known for promoting from within, so this is a great opportunity for Union County residents to build a career with a top quality, nationally recognized employer,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados, who is the Freeholder Board’s liaison to the Workforce Investment Board. “The Freeholder Board is committed to helping as many residents as possible reach their employment goals, by listening to their needs and working closely with our community partners.”

For the Whole Foods partnership, Union County is providing promotional assistance as well as support staff and space at the WIB Center, where the company will conduct training and orientation for its new hires on a rolling basis starting on July 1.

Later in July, Whole Foods will use the Kellogg Building at Union County College’s Elizabeth campus for a final orientation event involving all of the new hires.

The WIB Center is funded by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Union County Workforce Investment Board, a public-private stakeholder partnership that designs and implements strategically focused policies leading to job creation.

Among other activities so far this year, the WIB Center has worked with the top national employer AirServ to organize pools of qualified applicants to fill a total of 350 positions for ground services at Newark-Liberty International Airport.

Job applicants who need more information about the Whole Foods hiring process can contact the WIB Center at 908-355-4444 or isaias.rivera@ucc.edu.

Business owners and managers who are interested in working with the Union County Workforce Investment Board can visit the County website for more information, at ucnj.org/wib.

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