BURTON is to host its second jobs fair in a bid to fill vacancies and slash the dole queue.
The event will be held on Friday, September 21, at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, in Princess Way.
Burton MP Andrew Griffiths is organising the fair with help from Burton and District Chamber of Commerce and Job- Centre Plus.
They are arranging the 10am to 4.30pm event after being lobbied by businesses keen to repeat the inaugural event’s success.
“Last time we had people queuing around the two sides of the Pirelli,” said Mr Griffiths, who staged the fair after being inspired by a similar event held by a fellow Tory MP.
“It was so popular and I’ve got no doubt that yet again this year there will be a similar potential pool of fantastic talent.”
Mr Griffiths said the aim of the second fair was to make a ‘massive difference’ to the economy by uniting companies offering vacancies with people looking for work.
“I see too many businesses who tell me they can’t get the right staff and fill the right positions and too many people who come through my surgery door who tell me they can’t find work.
“This is a perfect opportunity for businesses to advertise their jobs free of charge and to meet a large number of interested and committed potential employees.
“This is the single biggest opportunity for employers and job-seekers and I would hope everybody will take advantage of it.”
The first fair, held on September 30 last year at the Pirelli Stadium, saw 2,500 jobseekers scramble to fill 1,000 vacancies offered by 45 companies.
Boots, UPS, Vodafone and Sky TV all offered vacancies, while Spirit, Punch, Molson Coors and Burton and South Derbyshire College also had stalls.
“Last year there was a huge range of jobs on offer from retail to skilled engineers, apprenticeships and everything in between, and I hope we get that same varied range again this year,” Mr Griffiths said.
“I remain convinced there are businesses locally that are doing incredibly well and need the right workforce to succeed.”
JCB, another firm which attended last year’s fair, has agreed to be the 2012 event’s main sponsor.
The firm will also attempt to find skilled engineers to work at its Foston engine plant.