A JOBS fair featuring some of the region’s biggest employers has attracted more than 1,700 eager jobseekers.
The event, held yesterday at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, pulled in bumper crowds as companies, including online retail giant Amazon, offered a whopping 2,000 job vacancies.
The event was the second annual jobs fair in Burton to be organised by the town’s MP, Andrew Griffiths.
Although the number of attendees this year was down from the 2,500 who flocked to last year’s event, the number of jobs on offer was nearly double the 2011 total.
Mr Griffiths said: “The fantastic turnout shows just how determined local people are to find work. There was a really positive atmosphere from both employers and prospective employees.
“I believe it was the biggest such event ever locally and I would like to thank everybody who has supported it and made it a fantastic success.
“There is no doubt, as a result, employers will have found people with the skills they need and people out of work in Burton will be back in to a job.”
There were 38 companies offering positions at the jobs fair, including Amazon with 1,000 vacancies, book retailer Waterstone’s with 150 posts, Mediline Nurses and Carers with 70, Healthcare at Home with another 91 and JCB with 40 jobs and 100 places on its apprenticeship scheme.
Dave Bryon, director of the Burton and District Chamber of Commerce and a member of the jobs fair steering committee, said: “We are delighted the event went ahead for a second year running and that there were twice as many jobs on offer this year as last year.
“It can be difficult for jobseekers to find vacancies in one place because of the complexity of the recruitment market, so providing a forum to bring everyone under one roof is in the best interests of employers and employees.”
Dole queues in East Staffordshire are currently shorter than at any point since December 2011.
The borough was home to 1,956 jobseeker’s allowance claimants last month, down from 2,007 in July.