ORGANISERS of Burton’s second jobs fair hope to offer more than 2,000 vacancies — double the total at last year’s inaugural event.
They confirmed the figure just hours before welcoming the first jobseekers to the 2012 event, due to be held from 10am to 3pm tomorrow at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who is organising the event with Burton and District Chamber of Commerce and Job- Centre Plus, said he was delighted with the total, telling the Mail it had far exceeded his initial expectations.
“I’m absolutely gobsmacked by the interest that businesses have shown in the jobs fair and the huge number of jobs that are going to be offered on the day,” he said.
“What’s most encouraging is the wide variety and types of job that people can expect — from engineering to nursing, clerical and hospitality.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I expect us to have more jobs on offer than we have jobseekers in Burton.
“I think this demonstrates there are jobs out there and hopefully the jobs fair will help make it easier and simpler for people to use the potential opportunities available.”
Online retail giant Amazon will account for almost half of the vacancy total by offering 1,000 temporary posts at its distribution centre in Rugeley through recruiters Randstad.
Bookseller Waterstone’s will advertise 150 posts through recruitment partner Unipart, while Centrum 100-based Healthcare at Home will bid to fill 91 posts.
Foston firm Futaba Industrial UK will advertise 79 posts and JCB, the fair’s main sponsor, will offer 40 jobs and 100 places on its apprenticeship scheme.
Other companies due to attend include Spirit Pub Company, Punch Taverns, Kerry Foods, Boots, Argos, The Football Association and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
“I would like to thank all of the companies that have been so pro-active in supporting the jobs fair and committing to attend on the day,” Mr Griffiths said.
“I’m sure their presence will have the potential to make a huge difference to the lives of people attending the Pirelli Stadium event.”
The fair will also offer free skills workshops about writing CVs and completing application forms, interview technique and starting your own business.