Experts on hand for jobs fair 

23/09/13
Town Hall

Apprentice star Adam Corbally will be on a team of experts offering advice to help unemployed people in Bolton find work.

He will be appearing at the Bolton Jobs and Skills Fair 2013, between 10am and 3pm, on Thursday, September 26, at Bolton College.

The team of three also includes change specialist Mike Finnegan, who has worked alongside international sports stars, including Andrew Flintoff, and employability expert, Jamie MacGregor, managing director of Fibrlec and Bright Direction Training.

The trio will providing advice throughout the day to help guide Bolton’s jobseekers in their quest for work, as well as offering support on areas such as learning, enterprise and volunteers opportunities.

Last year, the award-winning Jobs and Skills Fair was hailed as a huge success, after helping Bolton’s jobseekers find employment. It was set up to tackle unemployment in the area, while promoting access to learning and training.

Adam Corbally said: “Finding a job that you enjoy doing is key to a happy life. Personally, I can’t imagine living my life without trying new things and starting up my own businesses, but I also know that everyone needs guidance, especially when looking for a new career.

“I’ve benefited greatly from the advice I’ve received throughout my career, and I’m looking forward to giving Bolton’s jobseekers some of my own words of wisdom!”

Adam Corbally will be giving advice on starting businesses. Motivational speaker, Mike Finnegan, will be on hand to inspire and motivate jobseekers, while Jamie McGregor will provide tips on employability skills. There will also be a series of workshops, covering job applications, job search, CV writing and interview skills.

The free event has been organised by Team Bolton - a partnership between Bolton College, Bolton Council, Bolton at Home, Job Centre Plus, Bolton University and the Bolton Workbased Learning Provider Partnership.

More than 75 companies will exhibit at the employer’s marketplace on the day, including Marriott Hotels, Royal Bank of Scotland, SERCO, AO.com, Tesco and O2 Business.

Learning providers and support agencies will also be exhibiting in the apprenticeship, business start-up, enterprise, volunteer and skills zones.

There will be a ‘have a go’ area for people to try out various activities, such as health and beauty, construction, catering and motor vehicle and engineering, with a full-size Formula 1 simulator car on show, which will provide fun interactive challenges, including a fast-paced wheel change game and a giant Scalextric.

Together with a series of workshops and presentations held throughout the day, Bolton College will be unveiling extensive plans for a pioneering new STEM Centre, which is due to open in spring 2014. The multi-million pound educational centre, which is being built at Bolton College, will offer vocational courses in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.

To coincide with the re-opening of Bolton Market, a competition will also take place to support one lucky winner in setting up their own market stall business.

Principal of Bolton College, Marie Gilluley, said: “Finding a job is the next step for most of our students, as well as being a key focus for thousands of people across Bolton. The Jobs and Skills Fair team will help arm jobseekers with the practical knowledge they need to successfully apply for jobs, or progress into learning.

“The aim of the fair is to give people the opportunity to meet employers, view live vacancies available in Bolton, while learning how best to go about securing interviews and, beyond that, a job. I’m really looking forward to this year’s fair and hope that Bolton residents, who are looking for work, will take the opportunity to quiz our experts.”

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills, Councillor Kevin McKeon, said: “There will be hundreds of jobs, apprenticeship and training opportunities on offer at this year’s event. We are committed, along with our partners to get people into work, training and education and I would urge people from across Bolton to come along and find out what is on offer.”

The day will be hosted by Granada Reports television reporter, Elaine Willcox. For more information about the Jobs and Skills Fair and Team Bolton click on the links on the right hand side.

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