Kate writes a bi-weekly column for the Burton Mail. This column was originally featured in the 7th October print edition.
Last week, I was delighted to host another instalment of my Jobs Fairs at the Pirelli Stadium in Burton. During the event, which took place on Thursday 28th September, there was a great buzz between local employers meeting up with residents wanting to secure a job or new career opportunity.
This year’s event attracted even more local businesses than before, with 80 local companies advertising over 1,000 vacancies and opportunities. Businesses from all employment sectors were represented at the event and included Aldi, Molson Coors, East Midlands Airport, Elkes Biscuits, Punch Pubs, First Fence, and Hoar Cross Hall amongst many others. The Department for Work and Pensions, who helped organise the event, were also on hand offering CV and interview workshops to improve participants employability chances.
For residents of Uttoxeter, free transport was put on by Burton Albion Community Trust to enable residents to travel to the event and back for free. It was fantastic, that in total, close to 1,000 jobseekers attended the event, hoping to secure interviews for potential job opportunities, another record figure.
A key priority for the Government is growing the economy, and here in Burton and Uttoxeter it is clear that our businesses are investing and creating job opportunities. I want to wish all the very best to those who attended today’s event, looking for a job opportunity or their next step on the career ladder.
I also want to thank the local DWP Office, Burton Albion, and Burton Albion Community Trust for helping to organise this year’s event, along with sponsors JCB, Kammac and Cosy who all helped to make the Jobs Fair possible.