Hundreds attend jobs fairs

October 7, 2013 1:08 pm

Jobs fairs held in Ashfield and Mansfield last month (September) saw a huge turn out with more than 600 jobseekers attending each of the events.

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Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils, Vision West Nottinghamshire College and Jobcentre Plus worked together to put on two jobs fairs that aimed to raise the awareness of the different opportunities in the area and help people understand more about the local job market.

Jobseekers were able to find out about new career pathways, volunteering, job vacancies, apprenticeships opportunities, self-employment and career advice support. The Ashfield jobs fair took place on 19 September and The Mansfield jobs fair was held on Thursday 26 September.

A variety of local employers, training providers, recruitment agencies and support organisations attended to provide a range of work and training vacancies as well as career guidance and support to help people make the right decisions about their future. The organisations covered a range of areas including care, retail, logistics, customer service and many more.

One of the many organisations that attended to jobs fairs commented about their experience of the events. Michelle Place, Widening Participation Project Lead for the NHS, said: “Attending job fairs is always something we try to do. Helping someone realise that applying for a job within the NHS (once you understand the application form is straightforward) is very rewarding. I know that some people, who would have been put off by the application form, will now apply for an NHS role thanks to our advice at the event.”

The fairs drew a close to the Getting Ashfield and Mansfield Working campaign. Over an eight-week period this campaign has raised awareness of the support available to help people across the two Districts move into work or training.  Each week there has been a different focus providing support and information on areas such as volunteering, apprenticeships and starting a business. Even though the campaign has now finished, all the information about how local organisations can help jobseekers.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council said: “Looking for work in this competitive job market is becoming increasingly difficult and these job fairs aimed to give local people the best possible chance to find out about job and training opportunities. We received lots of excellent feedback from employers and organisations who attended as well as those who visited the job fairs, with some obtaining employment and others now looking to retrain to pursue a new career.”

Cllr Warren Nuttall, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Community Welfare and Corporate Service at Ashfield District Council said: “In the current economic climate, it’s not easy for people to find jobs or change careers and so it is wonderful to see such a high turnout at the jobs fairs. We are constantly working hard to ensure that we do as much as possible to help local people find jobs or further their careers through events such as these and through a variety of schemes.”

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