20 companies support jobs fair in Brigg
JOB seekers were urged to grasp new opportunities at a major recruitment event.
The Brigg jobs fair, organised by Job Centre Plus and Brigg 2020 Vision Group, attracted around 20 employers, nine of whom had vacancies available.
Jobcentre Plus is one of the partners for the Scunthorpe Telegraph's Your Life Your Future campaign. The initiative aims to increase employment opportunities in North Lincolnshire, as well as raising aspirations in the region.
Stuart Griffiths, district manager for Job Centre Plus, described the event as "like speed dating, but for jobs".
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He said: "Coming to an event like this, people might see a job that they had never thought of before.
"There are routes back to work, new opportunities and training out there and people just need to grasp those.
"There is no job centre in Brigg, so people are often travelling to Scunthorpe, but this is a case of us saying that we will come out to Brigg to meet job seekers."
Attendees included North Lindsey College, NLT Training Services, Johnstone Insurance, Tata Steel and Lidl.
Among those looking for employees was Colin Rich, operations director at The Pastry Room in Elsham. He said: "We have been operating for around three months and always said we would need a few months to find our feet.
"We look more at attitude and experience, rather than qualifications. We want to come out and speak to people, see the whites of their eyes rather than just the piece of paper we get in a CV.
"We have had three people here today who could be in for an opportunity.
"Just because they are not employed, it does not mean that they are not skilled and should not be given a chance."
Emily Ramsbottom, 18, attended in search of a career. She said: "I have just come along to see what they have got. I am on the look-out for a career and where I can go next, but I don't have anything in mind."
Wayne Miller, employer services manager at the National Apprenticeship Service, said: "This is a great opportunity to come and meet people and educate them on the opportunities that are out there for them."
The idea behind the event was proposed by the Brigg 2020 Vision Group, chaired by the town's MP Andrew Percy. He said: "I certainly think people get something out of this, talking face-to-face with people in a relaxed environment."
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