MORE than 1,600 jobseekers flocked to the Pirelli Stadium in Burton to try and get a foot on the career ladder with some of the region’s top employers.
Queues snaked around the Burton Albion stadium as the third Burton and Uttoxeter Jobs Fair opened up to the public and it proved to be a major success.
To total of jobs on offer at the event was boosted to 3,000 after Jaguar Landrover joined the exhibitors, days after announcing it was creating 1,700 new positions at its Solihull plant.
A delighted Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who organised the event and helped get major employers like JCB, Marston’s, Nestle and Molson Coors to back it, told the Mail it had been the best yet.
He said: “Today, I think, surpassed all of our expectations and was the best jobs fair yet.
“People were actually walking out of the door with a job and that is a fantastic achievement and I am grateful to everybody who supported the event and made it so successful.
“We had a total of 44 stands in all and had fantastic support from business big and small and there was a mindblowing array of jobs on offer.
“The local people have really come along in huge numbers to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.”
Among the employers who found the jobs fair to be particularly fruitful was Kerry Foods, in Mosley Street.
The company went to the event with 100 vacancies to fill and said they had found enough people at the jobs fair to fill the roles.
East Staffordshire-based Momentum Recruitment, which take son welders to work for heavy industry across the region, also took on new staff at the event.
Julie Carter, from the firm, said: “We had some jobs come in today for some top customers and we have managed to find nine people today to fill them.
“We took business cards away and phoned them back later to say we had found them jobs.
“These were jobs at places like Faurecia in Fradley Park and at a company based within JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter.”
Dole queues in Burton are currently shorter than anytime in the last five years.