Over 60 people attended the first ever Finchale Jobs Fair earlier today, with a wide range of employers and training providers under one roof.
Organised by Durham charity Finchale, the Jobs Fair saw more than 25 local employers and training providers come together in one place to offer help and advice to those in need of employment.
Attended by employers from a wide range of sectors, those looking for work were invited to come along to speak directly with employers about a range of roles.
Ray Wilson, General Manager, Cyrus Bradford said “We’ve had a really productive day and have had lots of interest in the roles that we are currently recruiting for. Cyrus Bradford is a really busy environment and we are keen to find the right candidates”
Andy Leaver from DTS Training said “We really enjoyed the event; it was great to be able to tell people about both our commercial and fully funded training options. The courses that we offer are wide ranging, and many of the people we train go onto secure employment as a direct result”
Rob Mayman, Recruitment Consultant at Gem Premium People said: “The event has been insightful, useful and a great opportunity to meet new candidates”.
Throughout the event people came and chatted to potential employers to find out about jobs and qualifications they might need. There was also support available for business start-up and self-employment.
Roger Guy, Head of Operations at Finchale said “I’m so glad that the event was productive for those attending, the employers and training and support providers. It’s great to have backing from local businesses as well as larger organisations who are dedicated to investing in our community by hiring local people. The feedback we have received so far has been excellent and we will look to hold similar events in the future.
The event, which is the first one that has been held by Finchale was aimed primarily at unemployed people from County Durham as well as veterans from the Armed Forces community. Amongst the companies in attendance were such as Sparta Security, Body Shop, Bluebird Care and many more.
Free buses were laid on to bring residents in to the careers fair from Durham, Chester Le Street and surrounding areas.