Bolton’s award-winning Jobs and Skills Fair will return this Thursday, October 13.
The free event has been organised by the Team Bolton partnership which includes: Bolton College, Bolton Council, Bolton at Home, Job Centre Plus, Bolton Work Based Learning Partnership Group and the University of Bolton.
The fair, which was set up in 2011, will be held at Bolton College’s Deane Road campus and aims to raise awareness of employment opportunities and to provide guidance on preparing for the world of work.
Attendees can also benefit from essential careers advice and guidance, and will have access to a wealth of training opportunities from educational providers across the Greater Manchester region.
At this year’s event, there will be a bustling employers’ marketplace, with stands from over 60 organisations from across the North West.
Job-seekers will gain advice from potential employers, and discover appropriate pathways into their ideal career. Aldi, Axa Insurance, the British Army, Greater Manchester Police, the Marriott Hotel chain, Sherwin-Williams, and the Prince’s Trust will all be represented at the Fair.
Vacancy boards will also highlight job opportunities in the area, and staff will be on hand to offer assistance with job applications.
In addition to this, there will be a number of ‘have a go’ activities which will give attendees a flavour of the vocational subject areas they can explore. Last year’s most popular activities included the Motor Vehicle department’s Wheel Change Challenge, Sports’ 500m Rowing Challenge and Catering’s Decorating station.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Ebrahim Adia, said: “There will be more than 500 jobs on offer and it will be a great opportunity for people to talk directly to companies who are looking to recruit.
“Information, advice and guidance on careers, education and volunteering will also be available from a range of organisations on the day.
“The aim of the fair is to bring together jobseekers, employers and support organisations under one roof, and there really will be something for everyone.”
The Fair will start at 10am and finish at 2.30pm and will be immediately followed by Futures4me – another annual Bolton event which hosts exhibitors from local sixth forms, training providers and employers.
The aim of the event is to strengthen the approach to raising participation and aspiration among young people. This embraces one of Bolton College’s current strategic priorities: ‘to take into account and work in partnership with the strategies and plans for Bolton and the Greater Manchester areas’.
Marie Gilluley, Principal and Chief Executive of Bolton College, said: "Bolton Jobs and Skills Fair and Futures4me is always a fantastic event. It’s a great way to get back into work or find the career of your dreams. Employers who have attended previous events commented on the amount of CVs and enquiries they received.
"We are delighted to offer this opportunity to employers and job-seekers alike, and are proud to be the hosts of the event again this year”.