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70 employers participate in orientation on people with disabilities in labor market

Labor and Human Resources Secretary Gabriel Maldonado González

By The Star Staff

Nearly 70 employers from the private sector representing various industries, nonprofit organizations and service providers participated in an orientation offered over the weekend by the Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH by its Spanish initials) on the Infinite Talent initiative, which aims to open the way for more people with disabilities to enter the labor market.

The event at the University College of San Juan was the meeting point to discuss the prevailing need for the more than 700,000 people in the functional diversity population in Puerto Rico to be objectively taken into account when being evaluated to fill vacancies and given the opportunity to show their knowledge and capabilities.

Among the industries represented were the food and restaurant sector, banking, construction, medical services and plans, solid waste, and maintenance, among others, as well as recruitment agencies and representatives of various industrial sectors.

“Infinite Talent is making its way into the private sector and the commitment of more employers is evident,” Labor Secretary Gabriel Maldonado González said. “In this first workshop, we saw the enthusiasm of dozens of employers who joined the project and heard from the professional model, entrepreneur and global ambassador of inclusion, Sofia Jirau, a sign of support for those who, like her, see no limitations in their dreams.”

“As a government, we know the importance of the population with functional diversity who demand equity and inclusion to achieve their professional goals,” he added.

The educational workshop is part of DTRH strategies focused on promoting more job opportunities for an important sector of the population, supporting them so that they enter the world of work prepared and giving companies the tools to put aside misinformation and really understand how beneficial it is to recruit “infinite talent,” the Labor chief added.

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