Jobs fair set to be biggest yet

A huge jobs fair will take place on September 5 with the help of bus operator Trent Barton.

As the fair will be held in Kirky, the local bus firm are making it easier for Eastwood residents to attend by cutting bus fares for the day.

Half-price zigzag tickets for the journey will be vaild between 10am and 3pm, available to purchase with the voucher attached to the article in this week’s Advertiser.

Local MP Gloria De Piero has pledged to tackle unemployment in the area by hosting the huge jobs fair at the Festival Hall in Kirkby between 10am and 3pm.

The MP said she has been blown away by the response so far, as the fair shapes up to be one of the largest held in the area with almost 50 big-name businesses and organisations having already signed up to reserve a stand.

She said: “Unemployment is without doubt one of the biggest issues our area faces, particularly long-term unemployment, which remains stubbornly high.

“Since the last general election, the number of adults aged 25 and over and out of work for more than two years has rocketed by 325 per cent, while the number of youngster signing on for longer than 12 months has also gone up by a third in my patch.

“It makes me angry and although Ministers either remain oblivious or just don’t care what goes in Eastwood & Ashfield, I do, which is why I’m determined to do all I can to help provide job opportunities and get those people struggling to find employment back into work.”

Severn Trent, E-On, Next, Ikea will be just some of major firms showcasing what jobs are on offer to local folk.

A small number of support organisations will also be on hand to provide expert career guidance and advice and the event is completely free to attend and no registration is needed for members of the public.

The MP added: “There’s no shortage of talent here and with the likes of big companies such as E-ON, Van Elle, Severn Trent and Thorntons already signed up,

“I’m confident my jobs fair will have a really positive impact. It’s a great chance for a new start and I hope as many people as possible can get along on the day.”

Trent Barton are making it easier to get to Kirkby from across the Ashfield and Eastwood area by cutting transport fares on their main services into the town on the threes and the black cat.

“I hope you can get along,” Gloria said.