Stokes Lord Mayor praises Stokes best ever job fair

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Stoke-on-Trent’s Lord Mayor has praised the amazing turnout at a recent job fair where over 3,000 jobs where on offer.

Councillor Lillian Dodd, expressed her joy that the young and unemployed had turned up to see what was on offer and partake in interviews and workshops.

The event held at Stoke King’s Hall on Thursday, March 7, featured more than 60 organisations and business stalls.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Lilian Dodd, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic, the turnout is amazing and the number of companies that are here as well has blown me away.

“It’s better than previous ones we have had before, and they are all genuine jobs, that’s the main thing and are all local.

“It’s vital for this area as people keep saying there are no jobs but this today is 100% proof that there is in this city. 

“With it being apprenticeships week as well there are lots of vacancies and good apprenticeships to, it’s fantastic.”

Deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Abi Brown, could also be seen partaking in the workshops and interacting with companies during the morning. 

Verity Hilton, Facilities coordinator for the University of Wolverhampton, Stafford Centre, said: “A new centre has opened up in Stafford and we are there to support everybody in the local area who wants a job or apprenticeship, career advice or undergraduate courses you name it we do it. 

“It’s important because we do not normally come out to Stoke and people don’t usually think about Stafford when they hear University of Wolverhampton. It’s a case of actually coming out here and talking to the community.”

Organisations such as the Royal Air Force, NHS foundation, BT, Alton Towers and Martec Training where at the event talking to a mixture of both school leavers and adults looking for a change of career.

Alex Clowes, operations manager for Shared Lives, said: “We’re a brand-new service with the council and are there to provide people with learning difficulties accommodation options.

“We find people who have got spare rooms and have the right values and behaviours to be careers and then match them up with someone with a learning disability who needs the service.

“It prevents people from having to go into residential care which isn’t always what they want to do.”

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