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Online shopping giant the latest to back Burton event


Tuesday 18th September 2012 (Andrew Griffiths)

AN online retail giant is to offer a whopping 1,000 jobs at Burton’s second jobs fair, the Mail can reveal.

Amazon has promised to offer the temporary posts at its Rugeley distribution centre through recruitment firm Randstad.

“I’m completely bowled over that another well-known international company has come forward with such a huge number of jobs on offer,” said Burton MP

Andrew Griffiths, who is organising the fair, due to be held on Friday at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium, with Burton and District Chamber of Commerce and JobCentre Plus.

“I’m delighted the jobs fair has acted as a catalyst to encourage people to bring all of these jobs under one roof at the same time.

“I can safely say there will never have been so many different jobs available in Burton at one time.”

Fraser Dann, head of Randstad Direct, said Amazon’s presence at the event, scheduled to be held from 10am until 3pm, represented a major boost to Burton jobseekers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to Randstad and to discuss the possibility to temporarily join a global, leading organisation in e-commerce which prides itself on being the earth’s most customer-centric company.”

In a further fillip to the event, book giant Waterstone’s has pledged to offer 150 temporary jobs at its Burton distribution centre through recruiter Unipart.

“It’s great to see a Burton employer that can offer such a wealth of opportunities to people,” said Mr Griffiths.

“At a time when it has been difficult to find work, these local opportunities are extremely welcome.”

The Amazon and Waterstone’s pledges have pushed the total of positions on offer at the event beyond 1,500 mark.

Late last week, the healthcare sector was guaranteed a sizeable presence at the event when Mediline Nurses and Carers Limited promised to offer 70 jobs, while Bluebird Care pledged five and Lifeways three.

Centrum 100-based Healthcare at Home had previously said it would offer 91 posts.

Engineering firms will also be well represented, with JCB committed to offering 40 jobs and 100 places on its apprenticeships scheme, and Foston firm Futaba 79 positions.

Companies interested in attending this year’s event should email employers@burtonjobsfair.com

Further fair announcements are available by following @burtonjobsfair on Twitter or at www.burtonjobsfair.com

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