Cape Cod Chamber Partners With Puerto Rico for Summer Job Help

Wendy Northcross

HYANNIS – With the Cape Cod summer season now just around the corner, growing uncertainty is rising when it comes to how many workers will be available to fill jobs.

In an effort to curb this problem, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Puerto Rico Office of Travel & Tourism to host a job fair for local employers in San Juan.

“[Puerto Rico is] extremely receptive to trying to work out some sort of seasonal workforce job sharing program so that is what we are in pursuit of right now,” said Wendy Northcross, the CEO of the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.

Northcross added, “there are several steps, and several processes for that to happen… while they are American Citizens that do not require a visa to work here in the 48 states, they do require the employers to get permission from their department of labor to recruit on the island.”

The job fair will see employers on Cape Cod travel to San Juan to talk with furloughed workers from major resorts who have been out of work since the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria last fall.

Northcross said the goal of the partnership is to build a relationship which benefit all sides as the peak seasons for both the Cape and Puerto Rico are at different times of the year.

“Employers have really resonated with this idea of helping Puerto Rico with seasonal workforce opportunities… we had a list of well over 70 employers and 1000 jobs that were being offered for summer work here on Cape Cod.”

Northcross said many of the resorts in San Juan could be closed for up to two years while repairs and renovations to the territory can be made.

The job fair will take place at a date later this month when all the planning and paperwork stages have been completed.


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