Jobs fair to put people in work

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A JOBS fair is being held to help young people on the road to work.

The event will showcase employers in the area who are recruiting staff.

The fair, being held at the University of Northampton’s Sunley Management Centre, was organised after firms approached Northampton North MP Michael Ellis and told him how keen they are to take on new employees, now or in the future, and face the challenge of finding the right people.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Sometimes, the standard of applicants is just not competent enough and other times new staff do not adapt quickly enough to the job and leave within a matter of months, meaning employers are put to the expense of wasted training and new hiring processes.

“Michael Ellis is regularly advised by his constituents about their difficulties in finding work.

“They repeatedly say how desperate they are to get back into the world of work – for some young people for the first time.

“It seems that people looking for work often do not know where to look, and do not know which employers in their area are searching for new people, either immediately or in the near future.

“There are many unemployed people who have real skills which can be utilised very effectively and profitably.”

The jobs fair is Mr Ellis’ attempt to combine people searching for work and employers searching for workers by getting job-hunters and employers under the same roof, to discuss opportunities and network.

The jobs fair, which will include seminars on CV-writing and interview techniques, is being held from 10am until 4pm on Friday, June 22. There will be room for 40 businesses and firms wanting more information are asked to call 0207 219 7220.