Job fairs work for local people and local businesses. The next one that local industry is running in partnership with ourselves and Jobcentreplus, will take place on Friday 11 September 2009 at The Waterside House, employment and enterprise hub from 10.00am – 3.00pm.
The venue has been chosen because it is easy to access on foot, by bus or by car and is pretty central for people to get to from the main areas where people live who may be looking for work, namely Hindpool, Central, Risedale, Barrow Island and Walney Island.
My colleague, Jon Lyons and his team have persuaded providers of hotel, leisure, industrial service, retail, care-home, security, recruitment agencies and possibly some manufacturing job opportunities to come along with job offers at the September Jobs Fair. Participants will be retailers such as Asda, Argos, PC World, Debenhams, Abbey House Hotel, Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, FCK, Simmonds and Johnson recruitment agencies, Risedale Retirement Homes and others.
Individuals keen to get back into work, looking to start work for the first time or to set up their own businesses are welcome at the Jobs Fair where specialist advice will also be on hand to help boost confidence and preparation for job interviews and information about skills training.
Previous Job Fairs, the most recent involving Argos and Reliance Security with their own bespoke needs, have attracted hundreds of job seekers to Waterside House and enabled many people to find the jobs they want. We anticipate a similar response in September to this further initiative offering ‘Real Help Now’ to local people.
The jobs fairs are made possible through Barrow in Furness Borough Council’s funding of our Job Access programme which develops ‘Working Neighbourhoods’ helping local people to match their skills with employer offers of jobs.
On the employment front there is a broad variety of opportunities on offer. Gyrodata, the US drilling systems business needs electronics engineers over the coming months and Roevin Engineering seek welders. BAE SYSTEMS continues to need product controllers, supply specialists, business support engineers, quality assurance managers, engineers, schedulers, nuclear engineers, HR advisers and more. Centrica Energy will, in the autumn, need specialists to support one of their engineering maintenance shut down periods. The Borough Council are looking for a tenancy services officer. There are many other posts on offer – a quick look at www.jobseekers.direct.gov.uk for Barrow and Furness shows demand from catering and cleaning to commissioning engineers, from field sales engineers to nursing home managers and sales advisers.
Jobs fairs work for everybody in Furness. If you are an employer with upcoming vacancies over the next six months seeking talented people from the local labour market, or perhaps like the Lakeland Motor Museum, looking to open up a new facility in the coming year, why not join our September Job Fair. You might find the people you need to succeed, equally if you are seeking a job, come along because “job access works with Furness Enterprise”. It is another source of ‘Real Help Now’ for our local community.