OVER 300 actual jobs are on offer at the next Darlington Jobs Fair taking place at Central Hall, Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on Thursday 30 March from 9am-4pm.

Anyone looking for work or for advice on career development can drop in and talk to representatives from a range of local, regional and national organisations.

The free event follows on from the success of last year’s Fair which saw 1,700 people come along to find out more about over 700 vacancies – 500 of which were Darlington based. Fifteen businesses took part with a further nine support organisations offering advice on a range of things including CV writing and self-employment.

Businesses already signed up to this year’s event and who have vacancies, or who will soon be recruiting for a range of roles, include: EE, Capita, Vue Cinema, Student Loans Company, Arriva, Middleton Hall Retirement Village, Ministry of Defence, Premier Inn, Beanies Coffee, First Point Homecare and Darlington Borough Council. Roles on offer are across a range of sectors, levels and contract types including full and part time, entry level and management positions.

Advice and support companies already signed up include:

Job Centre Plus, National Careers Service, TEDCO (self-employment support and advice), Morrisons Trust, who provide CV, interview skills and support, Darlington Citizens Advice and Step Forward Tees Valley – a programme to help people overcome barriers to move into work or training.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration, said:

“This is a brilliant chance for local people to come along and find out more about what’s on offer whether they are looking for work or looking for a change of career.  By meeting representatives face to face you can get an idea of what an employer is looking for and they can advise about the opportunities on offer.

“Alongside this, the fair brings together other agencies who can offer advice on a range of things including preparing or updating a CV and more – in effect, a one-stop shop for job hunting success.”