Nine hundred attend jobs fair

Gloria De Piero visits the E.On stand at the Jobs Fair being held at Festival Hall in Kirkby.
Gloria De Piero visits the E.On stand at the Jobs Fair being held at Festival Hall in Kirkby.

An MP who pledged to tackle unemployment in Eastwood has successfully hosted one of the largest jobs fairs the area has ever seen.

Labour MP Gloria De Piero launched the jobs fair on Friday September 8 which saw 50 businesses and organisations offering more than 500 vacancies and apprenticeships to local job seekers.

More than 900 people attended the event at the Festival Hall in Kirkby with some 300 visitors rushing through the doors in the first hour to grab a job.

Speaking after the event, Ms De Piero said she is determined to do all she can to help get people back to work including events such as this.

She added: “In our patch the number of adults out of work for more than two years is up 325 per cent and the number of under 25’s signing on for longer than 12 months has risen by a third in Eastwood since the last election.

“That’s why some months back I set about organising this event for local people.

“I knew it had all been worthwhile when I arrived half an hour early to see queues of people waiting to come in.”

Major businesses including Severn Trent, E-On, Van Elle, Trent Barton and Ikea were just some of the firms showcasing the vacancies available to local job hunters.

A small number of support organisations were also on hand to provide expert career guidance and advice – including on interview techniques, CV writing and volunteering opportunities.

Bus operator Trent Barton helped with transport to Kirkby from Eastwood by cutting fares for those travelling to the event.