Stoke-on-Trent City Council are urging young people and the unemployed to attend a jobs fair where over 3,000 jobs will be on offer.
The event held at King’s Hall, Stoke on Thursday, 7 March, from 10am-6pm, will see more than 60 organisations and businesses from Stoke and the surrounding areas advertise job opportunities.
Visitors will have the chance to check out different companies, take part in interactive sessions and find out how they can improve their skills and career prospects.
The free event will also showcase a further 4,500 jobs that are available through linked career paths.
Deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Abi Brown said: “I think it’s really exciting and a great opportunity to bring together some of the brightest and best employers in Stoke-on-Trent and the wider Staffordshire region.
“We are always keen to see more people get into work and people can also experience different opportunities and really see what’s out there to improve and upscale themselves.
“It’s going to be a really exciting opportunity probably the biggest jobs fair that Stoke-on-Trent’s seen in quite a long time with a huge variety of employers.”
People will be able to take part in interactive sessions and workshops during the day organised by companies including: Wade Ceramics, Portmeirion, Alton Towers, Synectics Solutions, Work Best and Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce.
After attending the jobs fair in 2016 19-year-old Lauryn Craig from Burslem is now in full time employment. She said: “I signed up to a programme called New Futures just so I was engaged with something because that was my major issue that I wasn’t getting up and doing anything in the morning.
“I started my apprenticeship and that was based on reception at Smithfield and I have now moved up into the back office as a level 3 apprentice.
“To be honest I think I would probably be dosing at home watching Netflix or just doing nothing definitely wouldn’t be the person that I am today.
“I had no idea about New Futures and honestly if you ask anyone that I went to high school with and I say I work for the council they’re shocked.
“Your future’s what you make it.”
Councillor and Cabinet member for education and economy, Janine Bridges, said: “It will have a big impact on the aspirations of our young people particularly which has historically in the past been difficult for them.
“But it will give them motivation and aspiration to do well in school and upscale themselves because at the end of the day they know now there’s jobs available.
“It’s not just apprenticeships for school leavers but for adults as well our 15 to 25-year-olds who want to upscale and those people that are already in employment who want to progress up the job line.”
Some of the companies attending the event on March 7, include: Acorn training, Balfour Beatty, Goodwins, Hays Recrutiment, Keele University, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Ministry of Justice, Royal Navy and Unitas.
Julia Lund, from Davies Group, an operations management and digital solutions company, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for anybody local to come and chat to our managers and ask questions.
“We’ve got numerous vacancies at the moment ranging from finance to claims to fraud investigations and there is a lot of opportunity for progression within Davies Group.
“We are looking forward to the event more than ever because we are very interested in having local people join us.”
For more information on the event visit https://bit.ly/2GIJvFp or call 01782 231215.