Jobs kick-start for the economy
A WHOPPING 300 vacancies will be up for grabs at a Burton jobs fair — offering real hope of a brighter future for those out of work.
Twenty companies have already signed up for the event, due to be held on Friday, September 30, at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium.
Some are so keen to get involved they have brought forward their recruitment plans as they view the event as a chance to employ the 'best people'.
Organisers are brimming with optimism, confident that, with three weeks still to go before the fair, firms will come forward to offer even more jobs.
"I'm hugely excited about the response we've had from Burton businesses so far," said Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who is organising the fair with Burton and District Chamber of Commerce and Job Centre Plus.
"We have some people coming with one job and others with 80 or more, which I'm sure will not only make the fair a massive success but make a real difference to the lives of some lucky job seekers on the day."
Mr Griffiths got the idea for the 10am to 3pm fair from a fellow Tory MP in a bid to 'kick-start the economy and get people back into work'.
He and fellow organisers have already recruited JCB, the Sprit Group and Punch Taverns to sponsor the non-profit-making event, a trio the MP yesterday said had also been joined by Burton and South Derbyshire College.
College staff will run free workshops, give advice on apprenticeships and training and enable job hunters to assess their skills.
The sponsors' faith has been rewarded by a vacancy total Mr Griffiths said had 'exceeded his wildest expectations'.
Vacancy types ranged from engineering jobs at JCB, service posts at Punch and Spirit and administration positions at Healthcare at Home, he said.
"As every day goes by I'm more and more convinced the idea of running the jobs fair was a great one and it's being made a success because of support from businesses in Burton," Mr Griffiths said.
"We've had businesses saying they've brought forward plans to take people on because they see this as an opportunity to really get the best people.
"I've written to hundreds of businesses across the town and I'm optimistic that in the days and weeks to come we will get even more employers coming forward with opportunities."
He attributed firms' interest to the fact the event was free, had never been attempted on such a scale in Burton before, extensive publicity in the Mail and support from organisations such as East Staffordshire Borough Council.
The MP said 35,000 leaflets were being posted to homes in Burton and Uttoxeter to promote the fair.
Further information is available by calling 0845 250 5443 and website www.burtonjobsfair.com.