FLEMING ISLAND – CareerSource Northeast Florida, the regional workforce development organization, is reopening its seven career centers starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 with new enhanced procedures and modified center designs to help ensure the health and safety of jobseekers and employees.
CareerSource NEFL Career Centers will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday – and all client meetings will be set ‘by appointment only’ to prevent any overcrowding at the centers. CareerSource staff will continue to work at a satellite career center at the Clay County Fairgrounds that opened on May 11, as well as its regular office at 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 150, on Fleming Island.
Since the centers closed to the public in mid-March, CareerSource NEFL call center personnel have continued to provide job search and other support services to job seekers virtually. CareerSource NEFL President Bruce Ferguson said the organization will continue to encourage virtual assistance to reach more job seekers looking for employment after the COVID-19 Shutdown.
“To accommodate the guidelines on social distancing, we’ve had to modify the layouts at all of our existing centers and that means we have fewer workstations and less physical capacity to see as many people daily as we did before the shutdown,” Ferguson said. “We were able to modify conference rooms to add some workstations and have acquired some additional short-term spaces to make up some of the loss, but virtual career counseling will continue to be important in helping us assist as many job seekers as possible.”
Jobseekers will need to register for an appointment through the CareerSource NEFL website at www.careersourcenefl.com, where they can schedule an appointment for their nearest location, or by phone at (904) 356-JOBS (5627).
Appointments are limited to 45 minutes. Also, to ensure social distancing standards and occupancy levels, children or other individuals are not permitted to accompany the job seeker to their appointment unless they are required for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) purposes. Hours of center operations are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Virtual services will continue to be provided online, by phone at (904) 356-JOBS (5627) and via email.
CareerSource NEFL staff will wear appropriate personal protective equipment. All jobseekers at the centers will be required to wear face coverings such as a medical mask, scarf, bandana or improvised cloth face mask. Staff also will thoroughly clean and sanitize work areas between each appointment.
Also, the temperatures of CareerSource NEFL staff will be checked each day. Staff will ask screening questions and use an infrared no-contact digital thermometer to check the temperature of all clients coming into the center. Anyone with symptoms or a temperature of more than 100 degrees will be asked to return at a later date.
“We understand the urgent need to assist those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19, but at the same time we need to maintain appropriate health safety measures to protect our jobseekers and our staff,” Ferguson said.
Each center and satellite location will provide services to job seekers, including job leads, access to labor market and salary information, assessments and computer resources for updating resumes and conducting internet research.
CareerSource Northeast Florida is responsible for providing a trained workforce to the employers in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns Counties. For more information on CareerSource NEFL’s services, visit their website at careersourcenefl.com.