February 7, 2013
One Thousand Jobs
Available at Newark Liberty Airport
Administration launches a joint
effort with Swissport USA to hire
1,000 New Jersey residents for
available positions with the
aviation ground services company at
Newark Liberty International Airport,
as it opens a new cargo and baggage
handling operation this spring.
Swissport USA has
asked the New Jersey Department of
Labor and Workforce Development
(LWD) to help fill the positions,
giving priority consideration to
people displaced by Superstorm Sandy
and New Jersey's long-term
unemployed, particularly those
already involved in storm cleanup
efforts through a National Emergency
Grant secured by Governor Christie.
The LWD began work last week with
Swissport USA to direct unemployed
residents to a job fair held today
at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in
Newark, the first of many to be
hosted in the coming weeks.
"Swissport USA is
eager to get its cargo operation up
and running, so our department has
moved quickly by lining up potential
hires from people with resumes in
our Jobs4Jersey.com search engine,
people who joined our Jersey Job
Clubs, our Talent Networks and our
veteran outreach services," LWD
Commissioner Harold J. Wirths said.
contacted the Christie
Administration, seeking help in
filling the posts in time for an
April grand opening. LWD began
pre-screening applicants for the
job, and will continue that effort
as a pool of thousands of potential
new hires are directed for final
interviews with the company.
positions range from warehouse
agents and cargo office agents to
supervisors. Candidates are required
to have a valid driver's license, a
high school diploma, a clean record
and a steady work history.
"We are happy to
partner with the New Jersey
Department of Labor to help us find
qualified individuals to staff our
operations at Newark Airport," said
Gregory Reeves, Swissport USA senior
vice president human resources.
Swissport USA has
60 days to staff its new Newark
Liberty International Airport
operations, and candidates accepted
into the company training programs
will receive pay while awaiting
Federal Aviation Administration
certification and to pass background
checks. Swissport USA also will
offer those hired the flexibility of
working at its facilities at
LaGuardia and JFK airports.
will be conducted at the Newark
Liberty International Airport.