Archive for November, 2016

City hiring for fire rescue jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

The city of Atlanta is now hiring for fire and rescue jobs in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) is accepting applications for its 2016-1 class of recruits. The application and instructions are available online.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is thinking about a career in the fire service, now is the time to submit an application to join a dynamic, best-in-class operation,” said Fire Chief Joel Baker. “The hard-working men and women of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is the number one reason that the City of Atlanta is one of only 19 cities in North America with a fire rescue department that is accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and has a Class One Insurance Services Office rating.”

The AFRD was recently awarded a $5.6 million grant from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) Program.

The S.A.F.E.R. grant will enable AFRD to hire 47 new sworn firefighters.

Individuals applying for employment with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be 18 years old or older.
  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or their equivalent as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Have an acceptable three-year driving record.
  • Successfully complete the Candidate Physical Ability Test, oral panel interview, ASSET examination, background investigation, Captain’s Interview, psychometric examination, polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, and a medical examination.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2016-1 Recruit Class is November 1, 2016.


Grant to help at risk youth get Atlanta jobs

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

A new grant is going towards helping at risk youth obtain Atlanta jobs.

The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency (AWDA) said that it has been awarded a $1.1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will support the Agency’s YouthBuild program, which has helped over 120 out-of-school youth since 2012.

YouthBuild is a community-based, alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. The program participants work on completing their high school or state equivalency degree; earn industry-recognized certifications within in-demand occupations; and gain construction skills training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

“From my first day in office, I have maintained a constant focus on creating opportunities for young people in the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “The YouthBuild award allows us to continue and expand the work we are doing to support our youth as they strive to improve their lives. This is a crucial investment in the future prosperity of our City and an acknowledgement of our success in supporting Atlanta’s kids and teens. ”

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it awarded $80.3 million in YouthBuild grants to non-profit organizations in 35 states. The grants a range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 77 YouthBuild programs.

“Atlanta’s continued economic competitiveness needs innovative partnerships like YouthBuild that connect at-risk youth to job skills and career opportunities,” said Interim Executive Director Melissa Mullinax. “For Atlanta’s disconnected youth, this program helps us create on-ramps to success where they have been missing.”

“YouthBuild Atlanta has been a place of hope for so many at-risk youth in the city of Atlanta,” said Rebecca Birkett, YouthBuild Atlanta, Program Director. “This program has opened doors for our students, exposing them to opportunities for their lives that they never knew existed. I have watched them become excited to learn, excited about their future, better parents to their children and more engaged in building their communities. This grant will allow us to continue serving the youth within the City of Atlanta who are in need of a program like YouthBuild.”

Company to create IT jobs in Atlanta

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Anthem is creating more IT jobs in Atlanta.

The health benefits company will create approximately 1,800 information technology-related jobs in establishing an IT services hub in Midtown Atlanta. Anthem will invest more than $20 million in the community throughout the next six years.

“I am excited that Anthem has chosen Atlanta for its consolidated IT business, where the company will have access to a base of highly skilled workers and a thriving business community focused on building for the future,” said Mayor Reed. “This move demonstrates that Atlanta is the region’s leader in technology and IT talent. This year alone three major Fortune 500 companies have established IT and innovation centers in our city.”

“As Georgia continues to grow its reputation as the nation’s top destination for the health IT industry, major companies like Anthem continue to strategically position themselves here,” said Governor Deal. “Georgia’s qualified workforce and the collaborative partnerships on both state and local levels will allow Anthem to improve customer outreach while maintaining its competitive edge on a national scale. We value Anthem’s investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s plans for renewed growth and significant expansion.”

Anthem’s new facility will be located at the Bank of America Plaza, allowing for close collaboration between the IT hub and the Anthem Innovation Studio that recently opened in Tech Square. Anthem’s decision to establish a collective IT workforce environment in Atlanta will allow for the expansion of consumer access to high-quality, affordable health care through a next-generation IT strategy centered on modernization, digitization and innovation.

“For more than 75 years, Anthem companies have invested in the Georgia workforce. Atlanta has become known as an innovation hotbed, with research facilities, incubators and start-ups in a highly concentrated area,” said Tom Miller, senior vice president and chief information officer of Anthem, Inc. “We’re looking forward to opportunities for partnerships that help transform health care and support exceptional consumer experiences. Additionally, this allows us to tap into the IT talent pipeline in this state.”