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Apprenticeships offer at second jobs fair

Monday 10th September 2012 (Andrew Griffiths)

A DIGGER giant and an automotive company are to offer almost 120 vacancies at Burton’s second jobs fair.

Rocester-based JCB will advertise 40 engineering and workshop roles while Foston firm Futaba, which supplies Toyota, will showcase 79 engineering posts at the event, set to be held on Friday, September 21, at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

JCB, the fair’s main sponsor, will also offer 100 places on its apprenticeship programme.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who is organising the fair with JobCentre Plus and Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, said he was overjoyed with the pledges, announced only days after Burton-based Healthcare at Home promised to offer 91 vacancies.

“The news that both JCB and Futaba are bringing so many jobs along to the jobs fair is excellent news for local job seekers,” he said.

“I’ve long been a champion of engineering and manufacturing and it’s brilliant that local businesses are doing so well that they have these exciting opportunities on offer.

“These are skilled engineering jobs and will make an important contribution to the local economy and I’m delighted to have both of these companies at the jobs fair.” Increasing numbers of firms are throwing their weight behind the fair, organised in response to pressure from companies keen to repeat the success of the inaugural event.

Apart from Healthcare at Home, the UK’s largest provider of home healthcare services, Punch Taverns and Spirit Pub Company have agreed to sponsor and offer jobs at the event, while Pirelli UK has pledged to be a sponsor with Boots Randstad, which has also promised to offer vacancies.

While delighted with the mounting vacancy total, Mr Griffiths is also pleased with JCB’s apprenticeships offer.

“The news that JCB has 100 opportunities for young people on their apprenticeship programme is extremely exciting,” he said.

“These are fantastic opportunities for young job seekers to gain first-class training while at the same time working and earning money.”

Companies interested in attending this year’s event, scheduled to run from 10am until 4.30pm, should email employers@

Further fair announcements are available by following @burtonjobsfair on Twitter or at

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