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Job fair for young people slated for Thursday

Labor and Human Resources Secretary Gabriel Maldonado González

By John McPhaul

On Thursday, the Department of Labor and Human Resources (DTRH by its Spanish initials) will hold a job fair titled “From School to Your First Job,” which will aim to provide job options for young people between the ages of 16 and 21.

“It is important to promote early professional development among young people, since it is an important activity for their comprehensive development and that of society,” DTRH Secretary Gabriel Maldonado González said in a written statement. “Having early job opportunities allows students to develop broad perspectives of the labor market and to identify their interests and areas of academic potential and professional development, while generating income that contributes to the economy of Puerto Rico. To this are added the psychosocial benefits of working, such as the strengthening of their self-esteem, their economic self-sufficiency and the development of leadership and human relations.”

The event will be held at Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Attendees will be able to learn about the job offers available to more than 20 employers from industries such as: pharmacy, food, administration, restaurants, maintenance, security and service to airlines and airports, among others. Likewise, they will learn the hiring requirements and may be interviewed by personnel from these companies.

The secretary urged young people to attend the event, “which seeks to be a tool for their individual, professional and economic development.”

“It is a great opportunity for them to find a summer job or to complement their studies,” he added.

As part of “From School to Your First Job,” participants will receive counseling and prevention services from the Anti-Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration. Regarding vaccination against COVID-19, the Voces organization will be administering doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for adults and minors. The Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, an agency attached to the DTRH, will also present job offers aimed at young people with functional diversity.

The labor chief also noted that by provision of Law No. 230 of May 12, 1942, as amended, better known as the Law to Regulate the Employment of Minors in Puerto Rico, every person between 14 and 16 years of age needs a permit from the DTRH to be able to work. Therefore, parents, guardians, employers and those attending the job fair will receive guidance from personnel from the Labor Standards Bureau regarding the requirements and how to obtain that authorization.

“We know that many minors want to work during these summer vacations, but it is important that they have the consent of the father, mother or guardian through this permit from the DTRH, which is accessible and easy to complete,” he said.

For more information about the event, call 787-754-5353 ext. 3493, or write to

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