More than 2,000 local people descended on Bolton Jobs and Skills Fair last week, where 500 jobs were up for grabs.
Set up to tackle unemployment in the area, while promoting access to learning and training, more than 60 employers exhibited at the event at Bolton College – with a mission of helping the town’s jobseekers find work.
Held in partnership with Bolton Council, Bolton at Home, Jobcentre Plus and Bolton University, the free event was twice the size of the inaugural fair, which took place in February of this year.
Hayley Taylor, known as ‘The Fairy Jobmother’, from Channel Four’s popular programme, also made a special appearance at the fair. Hayley was on hand to give careers advice and guidance to visitors, helping them to find that much-desired job role.
In addition to accessing live vacancies, jobseekers also had the chance to meet local employers and training providers to get information about skills development. There was a range of drop-in clinics and workshops with recruitment companies and business experts to get advice on writing CVs, applying for jobs and preparing for interviews.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environment, Regulatory Services, and Skills, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “There was a fantastic turnout, both from employers and people looking for work, training and advice. The event was a real ‘Team Bolton’ effort and we will be looking to putting on something like this again in the future. We also used the jobs fair to launch the council’s campaign to get 100 apprentice placements with Bolton businesses in 100 days. We had a great response from employers and training providers, and will be looking to convert the interest into apprenticeships.”
Principal of Bolton College, Marie Gilluley, added: “We were thrilled to welcome so many local people and help them find out more about current employment and training opportunities, which will make a real difference to their future. The Jobs and Skills Fair has been a resounding success and we’re already looking into hosting another event of this kind in the near future.”
Chief Executive of Bolton at Home, Jon Lord, said: “It’s important that we team up with partners to create employment and training opportunities, as we can play a significant part in helping to turn the economy around in Bolton. We recognise that we’re a major employer in the town, so providing jobs and apprenticeships are key. We’re also committed to regenerating neighbourhoods by helping people become job-ready through volunteering, training and work clubs.”