BRISTOL, RI– On Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, the Town of Bristol announced the launch of Propel East Bay RI. Propel East Bay RI is a new online job board dedicated to promoting work opportunities in Bristol County, Rhode Island. This free-to-use platform is available to local businesses, residents, and students.
Users have the ability to create online profiles to search, save, and apply to selected jobs. Businesses have access to a dashboard to manage job postings, create custom applications, and view job listing statistics.
Propel East Bay RI was created in collaboration with the Bristol Town Administration, the Bristol-Warren Regional School District (BWRSD), and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce. The initiative also received support from the Town of Warren and the Town of Barrington.
“As we continue to deal with impacts of COVID-19 on our local economy, businesses are having a difficult time finding talent to fill job openings,” said Chris Vitale, Bristol’s Economic Development Coordinator. “The goal of this platform is to help bridge the gap between our local businesses and job seekers and encourage workforce participation.”
Propel East Bay RI is sponsored in part by the Town of Bristol and BWRSD through a Pell Grant. The job board also offers paid Premium Listings, which give businesses a way to promote immediate openings while supporting the platform’s maintenance costs.
In addition to listing available full-time, part-time, and seasonal job opportunities, BWRSD is also working with local municipalities to develop an internship program. Students can explore their career interests more in-depth and access opportunities directly through the job board.
“As a district, we want to expand access for each student to gain valuable on-the-job experience to develop their skills for whichever career they decide to pursue,” said Dr. Nicole Lyons, College and Career Coordinator at Bristol-Warren Regional School District. “The job board will allow the community access to the untapped power of our students and connect students with our local economy.”
During the development of Propel East Bay RI, students at Mt. Hope High School played an integral role in designing the branding for the platform.
“The MHHS Art Department appreciated the opportunity for our graphic design students to work with the Town of Bristol to create the logo for the new Propel East Bay RI job board,” said Mt. Hope High School Teacher Lauren Enjeti. “Seniors Chelsea Goodman, Brandon Nelson, Kristiana Cabral, and Logan Justa contributed to the design, with Chelsea Goodman taking the lead on the finished logo.”
Businesses, residents, and students in the East Bay are encouraged to register for the online job board at www.propeleastbayri.com.
For additional questions, please contact Chris Vitale, Economic Development Coordinator at [email protected], or by calling 401-253-7000 ext. 129.