VACANCIES and apprenticeships to be offered at Burton’s second jobs fair have topped the 400-mark after three firms pledged to advertise scores of nursing and care positions.
Mediline Nurses and Carers Limited has promised to offer 70 jobs at the event, scheduled to be held a week tomorrow at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium. Bluebird Care will advertise five posts and Lifeways three.
The pledges have ensured the healthcare sector will be well represented at the fair given that Centrum 100-based Healthcare at Home has already announced it will offer 91 posts.
Engineering firms are also guaranteed a sizeable presence, with JCB committed to offering 40 jobs and 100 places on its apprenticeship programme, and Foston firm Futaba 79 positions.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, who is organising the fair with help from Burton and District Chamber of Commerce and JobCentre Plus, said he was thrilled with the latest pledges.
“I’m delighted there are so many jobs on offer from a range of businesses in nursing and care,” he said.
“The nursing sector is hugely important to the community but is also a great source of employment.
“I’m very pleased there will be so many different opportunities available in that sector.
“Given the really exciting news about the jobs in engineering and manufacturing available, to have this other sector attending in such large numbers is extremely positive news for everybody.
“I’m hopeful the growing number of jobs on offer will be a huge attraction to job seekers in the Burton area.” Chamber divisional director Dave Bryon dubbed the response ‘phenomenal’ and the new companies’ involvement ‘absolutely fantastic’.
“Last year, we had a huge number of seasonal jobs based around manufacturing and distribution and we are therefore delighted this year that we are seeing an increase in jobs from other sectors, such as the healthcare sector.”
The fair has been organised in response to pressure from companies keen to repeat the success of the inaugural event, which saw 2,500 jobseekers scramble to fill 1,000 vacancies offered by 45 companies.
Punch Taverns and Spirit Pub Company have agreed to sponsor and offer jobs at this year’s event, while Pirelli UK has pledged to be a sponsor with Boots Randstad, which has also promised to offer vacancies.
Companies interested in attending this year’s event, scheduled to run from 10am until 4.30pm, should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further fair announcements are available by following @burtonjobsfair on Twitter or at www.burtonjobsfair.com