Hundreds at Corby jobs fair seeking work

The jobs fair was held at the Corby Cube
The jobs fair was held at the Corby Cube

Hundreds of people attended a jobs fair in Corby in their search to find employment.

The event was held in the council chamber in the Cube and more than 150 visitors signed in during the first few hours.

The fair on Tuesday, from 10.30am until 4pm, was the latest in a series of events which have been organised by a Northamptonshire task force set up to support workers made redundant from Solway Foods in Corby.

Among the firms which took part to advertise vacancies were crisp and snack manufacturer Tayto, Benteler Distribution, Bakeaway, Principal Link and Echo Personnel, as well as the Army which was recruiting for the 118 Recovery Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The Jobcentre also had a stand at the event offering help and information to jobseekers.

Delos, which has its head office in Wellingborough and employs a workforce of about 250 in the East Midlands, employing care and support workers and personal assistants for people with learning disabilities, was at the fair to recruit staff for its Lowry Close supported accommodation in Corby.

James Parker, its services co-ordinator, said: “We have had a very good response from visitors to the jobs fair and people have taken away application forms.

“The turnout has been good and we’re hoping to fill our positions.”

Benteler Distribution was hoping to recruit 10 engineers at the event and it too said response from jobseekers was good.

Claire Mortimer of Little Stanion was at the fair picking up application forms for her husband Paul.

He is employed as a warehouse supervisor and stock controller at Phoenix Foods in Brakey Road, Corby, which has launched a 30-day consultation period with staff following an announcement the factory is to close and production moved to Staffordshire.

He has worked at the company, which manufactures dry powdered and granular food products, for 25 years.

Mrs Mortimer said: “The jobs fair has come at just the right time. I used to work for the company, so it could have been both of us looking for another job.”

No-one from Phoenix Foods was available to comment on the consultation.

The task force which organised the event is a joint venture involving Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership (NEP), North Northamptonshire Development Company, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership, the county and borough council, the Department for Work and Pensions and Corby MP Andy Sawford.