Job Show proves a hit with job­seek­ers

Sunderland Echo - - News - by Kevin Clark Twit­ter: @kevinclarkjp

Hun­dreds of jobs and ap­pren­tice­ships were on of­fer at the Sta­dium of Light.

More than 400 peo­ple pre-reg­is­tered for the Job Show North East, which made its fourth visit to the Sta­dium of Light yesterday, with hun­dreds more turn­ing up on the day.

Sun­der­land City Coun­cil leader Coun Graeme Miller and Mayor of Sun­der­land Coun Lynda Scan­lon cut the rib­bon to open the show.

The coun­cil spon­sored the event through its Make it Sun­der­land brand.

Deputy leader Coun Michael Mordey said: “I think it is very im­por­tant.

“One of the pri­mary roles of lo­cal coun­cils is to help peo­ple to find jobs and events like this are vi­tal.

“There is no bet­ter way to re­duce in­equal­ity across the board than to get peo­ple into work.”

Sun­der­land AFC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tony Dav­i­son said the club was de­lighted to be sup­port­ing the event: “It is two-fold,” he said.

“First and fore­most, it is good to have events like this at the sta­dium.

“It gets rev­enue into the club and helps us to build our re­la­tion­ship with the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity.

“But it also gets peo­ple into work.

“And the more jobs are cre­ated, the more money peo­ple have in their pocket, the more games they come to and the more money we can give to Jack Ross for foot­ballers,” he joked.

Among those at the Sta­dium was 24-year-old Vic­to­ria Neu­gent, who had trav­elled through from Ch­ester-leStreet.

Vic­to­ria is cur­rently work­ing in HR, but her con­tract is due to come to an end soon. She was im­pressed with the range of jobs on of­fer.

“I am look­ing for any­thing, re­ally,” she said.

Or­gan­iser Caro­line Con­naughton said: “The re­sponse has been great, from both job seek­ers and re­cruiters.”

Un­cer­tainty over Brexit had had an im­pact on the job mar­ket, “but there are still peo­ple who are look­ing for re­cruits and we also have a good selec­tion of peo­ple with ap­pren­tice­ships on of­fer.

“This event gives peo­ple a chance to come face-to­face with em­ploy­ers and sell them­selves,” she said.

“There is no bet­ter way to re­duce in­equal­ity across the board than to get peo­ple into work”

Show or­gan­is­ers Vic­to­ria Clark and Vic­to­ria Con­naughton. Inset, some of the stands.

Job Show at the Sta­dium of Light.

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