A GIANT jobs fair is to be held in Burton in a bid to ‘kick-start the economy and get people back into work’.
Scheduled to be held on Friday, September 30, at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, the event is being organised by the town’s MP, Andrew Griffiths.
“Kick-starting the economy and getting people back into work is the most important challenge we face,” the Tory backbencher said.
“The jobs fair is an opportunity to bring together employers and jobseekers under one roof and match them up.
We’ve got a brilliant workforce in Burton and some of the most innovative employers, but bringing them together in this way will, I hope, lead to lots of people finding employment.“We’ve got a brilliant workforce in Burton and some of the most innovative employers, but bringing them together in this way will, I hope, lead to lots of people finding employment.
“The success of this event will be ensured if there are real jobs available to people who come through the door and so I’m going to be writing to every employer locally to invite them to come along if they have jobs available or will have them in future.”
Mr Griffiths got the idea for the fair from Watford Tory MP Richard Harrington, who organised a similar event in his constituency which attracted 60 businesses and 4,000 jobseekers.
Burton’s MP said he would be happy if he attracted 40 company trade stands and more than 1,000 career hopefuls to the non-profit-making event, set to run from 10am to 3pm.
Mr Griffiths, who is working with Job Centre Plus and Dave Bryon, divisional director of Burton Chamber of Commerce, said he hoped to attract interest and sponsorship from major employers such as JCB, Toyota and Punch Taverns.
He said he hoped this would then persuade smaller and medium-sized enterprises to follow suit, increasing the event’s size and diversity.
Mr Griffiths said he had already received significant interest in the event, which he hoped would feature miniseminars on starting a business and interview technique.
He said he also wanted to provide a shuttle bus to ensure jobseekers from Uttoxeter could attend.
Mr Bryon said: “One of the things I hear frequently is the number of jobs available in Burton and district, especially from some of the bigger employers.
“In the last couple of weeks I’ve had conversations with JCB, Nestle, Punch Taverns/Spirit and the National Football Centre, all of which have, or will have in the near future, extensive vacancies.
“It’s really important we make sure these jobs are known and that we further enhance the profile of Burton and district as an area for growth and development.
“The fair will help achieve both these objectives and is a long overdue initiative for the area.”