Stockport Express

Jobseekers flock to fair for work advice


A JOBS fair at Brinningto­n Community Centre has been hailed as a resounding success with more than 120 job seekers welcomed through the door to chat with employers who are hiring now in the area.

The event was targeted at those who are looking to return to employment after a career break, or people who are starting work for the first time.

All ages were welcomed, and there was also support on hand with the rising cost of living, and work preparatio­n such as CV-writing and interview practice.

It’s all part of the council’s drive to make employment in the borough fairer and more inclusive for everyone.

Feedback was really positive from all attendees. One commented: “I loved coming here. It was a well conducted jobs fair and I hope to see many more in the Brinningto­n area.”

Another resident added: “I have recently been made redundant and this was my first jobs fair. It was brilliant, with lots of helpful informatio­n.”

One stall was hosted by Stockport Council’s Business Support department.

James Healey, business support operations manager, said: “We are looking for hard-working, flexible candidates with a willingnes­s to learn and develop new skills and experience. We have a wide range of roles to suite all candidates, and you don’t necessaril­y have to have experience in business support to apply.”

Georgina Marsden, a team leader in the business support team, added: “The jobs fair was great as we got to meet candidates from all different background­s and explain to them what we do here in Business Support: many people didn’t even know these roles existed within the council.”

A local business partner who also hosted a stall at the jobs fair was Robinsons, a Stockport-based brewery who have hospitalit­y sites across the UK.

Heather Rick, customer hub manager at Robinsons Brewery, commented: “We are a remote working customer service team who deal with customer enquiries. Many people think of working for Robinsons as solely working in our pubs and restaurant­s, but we deal with enquiries from customers across the country. The Brinningto­n jobs fair was really busy, and it was great to speak to people about our remote roles. We’re just looking for anyone with customer service and IT skills, so it’s really open for those who are looking to get into work.”

Councillor Colin MacAlister, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regenerati­on, said: “At Stockport Council we are really keen to expand our job opportunit­ies to encompass everyone in the borough, regardless of their background.

“Thanks to everyone who was involved in organising such a successful jobs fair, and if you attended I really hope you found it useful and maybe even discovered a new job or career path!

“Look out on the council social media for future careers fair events hosted by the council in the coming months.”

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