Thousands of job and apprenticeship opportunities were on offer at today’s (Friday) annual City of Wolverhampton Jobs Fair.
Over 1,200 job seekers poured through the doors to take advantage of the chance to look at the 2,710 positions on offer.
The event was organised as part of the build up to the Wolverhampton Business Programme (September 23 to October 3) and was held in the WV1 Suite at Molineux Stadium.
More than 45 employers from across the City of Wolverhampton attended to showcase the jobs and apprenticeships available.
They included The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust, Wolverhampton Homes, Aspray 24, Liberty Industries, West Midlands Pension Fund, Cargill Meats Europe, PLANit Global, Fostering for Wolverhampton, and Orridge & Co, among many others.
Attendees received information on support and training on offer from organisations such as Wolverhampton Adult Education Service, University of Wolverhampton, City of Wolverhampton College, Wolverhampton Learning Platform, Wolves at Work and Black Country Impact.
The event was sponsored by Workbox (www.wolvesworkbox.com) - an initiative in the city to give residents information about jobs, training and support all in one place.
City of Wolverhampton's team of advisors, along with Department for Work & Pensions and Jobcentre Plus, were also on hand to offer advice and support.
Job seeker, Anthony Pote, aged 64, said:
“I saw online there was a jobs fair in Wolverhampton.
“It’s my first one and I’d strongly suggest that anyone out of work goes along to a jobs fair like this.
“It’s most helpful and it should get you back into work depending on what you’re looking for. There are various jobs, plenty for all.”
Councillor Peter Bilson, City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader, said:
“We are delighted with the number of city jobseekers we were able to empower by attracting them to the fair.
“We have also received very positive feedback from the employers that exhibited, who appreciate the economic regeneration priorities of the city.
“It is vital everyone in the city continues working together to get people into work so everyone can benefit from the £3.7 million of investment that is on site or planned in the City of Wolverhampton.”
City of Wolverhampton is supporting businesses of all types and sizes to start, grow and succeed with a programme of free events taking place between 23 September and 3 October. Visit www.investwolverhampton.com for details of all events.
Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team. For more information, please call 01902 555439.
Image caption (L-R): City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Peter Bilson, job seeker, Nick Woods, aged 40 from Perton, and Department for Work & Pensions Employment Advisor, Debbie Norton.