A whopping 2,222 positions will be on offer at a Burton jobs fair – double the number of people currently searching for work in the town.
Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths announced the figure with just over one week left until the event takes place on Thursday, September 18, at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, in Princess Way.
Among the firms now confirmed are Clipper Logisitics, who revealed in the Mail yesterday that they were creating 300 new jobs in Burton and South Derbyshire in the coming months.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “There are now more than twice as many new jobs on offer at the jobs fair than there are people unemployed in the area.
“It just goes to show how business is booming in Burton and how companies are interested in recruiting new staff.”
Engineering roles will be up for grabs from Mid Anglia Engineering, based in Wetmore Road, and Dellner, in Hearthcote Road, Swadlincote, as well as 600 jobs at online retailer Amazon’s distribution centre in Rugeley.
The event will also offer up a raft of training courses for people looking to get back into work.
“There will be advice and training on offer from people at Burton and South Derbyshire College,” added Mr Griffiths.
“There will be able to help people with interview technique, how to write an application and a CV
“With just over a week to go, I am being inundated with calls from businesses who still want to be a part of the jobs fair.
“The way things are going at the moment all point to the fact that this is set to be the best jobs fair that Burton has ever seen.
“I would now urge people wanting to keep up to date with jobs fair news to log on to www.burtonjobsfair.com or via our Facebook page.”
The Mail previously revealed that Burton-based firms Pirelli, Spirit, Punch Taverns and Uttoxeter-based JCB have all been named as sponsors of the event.
More than 1,600 people descended on the event last year with dozens leaving with jobs.
By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)