Pearl Harbor shipyard to hire engineers, apprentices

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard recently held a job fair to help find engineers and apprentices.

In anticipation of a number of its older workers retiring in the next few years, the shipyard is hoping to bring on about 150 new employees, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The Pearl Harbor Apprenticeship and Engineering Career Fair was held to find workers to help services the Pacific Fleet’s ships and submarines. About 90 percent of the work at the yard is on submarines.

According to the news source, apprentices will go through a four-year work and study program at Honolulu Community College and the shipyard. Workers at the shipyard who started as apprentices can earn as much as $140,000 per year if they reach a senior management position, reports the news provider.

The naval yard is the largest industrial employer in the state, with a 4,800 person workforce comprised of both civilians and military personnel.

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard was officially created in 1908 by an act of Congress, but the area had been informally used by ships for nearly 100 years by that point.

UBS to hire hundreds of financial workers in China

UBS, the largest bank in Switzerland, is planning to hire at least 1,000 more workers in China over the course of the next five years.

Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, the bank’s co-head of operations in the Asia-Pacific region, told Bloomberg that the company is also hoping to double its revenue from China over the next few years.

Wilmot-Sitwell told the news source that the company’s hiring plans, which include increasing its research staff in China by three fold, are already underway.

“We have a fairly aggressive hiring plan for 2011 and we’re already 60 percent completed on that,” he told the news source. “We have built our business in real scale already, which gives us tremendous confidence as we look to make our investment decisions going forward.”

The news source reports that in 2010, UBS ranked fourth when it came to advising firms on mergers and acquisitions in China. In 2009, the company was reportedly 11th in this category.

UBS draws on a heritage of more than 150 years, according to the company’s website.

Soon-to-be-opened Iowa casino to hire hundreds of workers

A casino in Iowa that is anticipated to open in May is beginning to hire people to staff the facility.

The Grand Falls Casino Resort near Larchwood, Iowa, is expected to employ more than 700 people, according to the Argus Leader.

General Manager Sharon Haselhoff told the news source that events are planned to bring on staff. Around 150 people are currently taking dealer training courses and auditions will be held in May to determine who will be hired by the casino for these positions.

The news provider reports that the area is currently struggling with unemployment rates that are higher than normal for the region.

Greg Johnson, the manager of the state’s Department of Labor’s office in Sioux Falls, told the news provider that he believes that the casino will be able to fill all of its positions.

“Grand Falls Casino knows that the environment for hiring is a little bit more competitive today,” he said. “For them, I think that they still will relate to the fact that many more people are still looking for work than all of us would like. So, we think that they will find the people they need.”

The casino is about six miles east of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.