A highly-anticipated employment hub and jobs fair taking place this week featuring some new employers to the town including some of the brands setting up shop at Southwater later this year.
The Partnership for Jobs fair has been organised by Telford & Wrekin Council as part of an innovative event which sees the region’s businesses, apprenticeship scheme organisers, and commercial enterprises brought together for the first time to help young people seeking their first step on the career ladder, and to offer support and training.
Taking place at The International Centre, Telford, on Thursday 27th March from 11:00am until 7:00pm, the event will allow businesses to showcase their own recruitment opportunities, and also sees over 100 jobs and apprenticeships on offer. “It’s set to be an inspiring day” explained Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills, “and will absolutely showcase Telford’s diverse business community. With strengths in key sectors such as manufacturing, ICT, polymers, and advanced automotive, there are lots of opportunities for unemployed people and those seeking to build their career here in Telford.”
“Not only have we engaged with schools and colleges from across our region, but also youth groups, jobs clubs, apprenticeship scheme organisers and of course young people directly. What makes this initiative so different though, is that we’re partnering with the private sector and empowering over 90 of our local businesses to share their own expertise, to talk with young people on a one-to-one basis, and give them a little insight and support.”
A wide variety of organisations are taking part in the Partnership for Jobs fair, including BAE Systems, who will be supporting their stand with an armoured vehicle in The International Centre’s car park to highlight the launch of their apprenticeship scheme this year. Other attendees include the Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust, Allied Healthcare, Capgemini, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Fujitsu, Zizzi, Busch and West Mercia Police. Also taking place at the same venue and sharing some facilities is the exciting Made in Telford event which is showcasing the best the manufacturing sector has to offer and hosting the likes of Denso, Harper Adams University and Epson.
“Telford has the highest concentration of technical workers outside of southern England, and that’s double the national average. Over 350,000 people live within a 30 minute drive of the town, and we are rightly renowned for our expertise across sectors such as automotive, advanced manufacturing, logistics and engineering, so it seems only right that it should be us pioneering this private-public partnership” explained Ian Trennan, HR Manager of DENSO and Chairman of the Telford Manufacturing Partnership project.
“In fact I think it’s the sheer variety of companies getting involved that is making this so special and such an unusual event” he added. “And many of the businesses are excited to take part because they recognise that this generation of young people are our workers, managers and Directors of tomorrow. The initiative is all about local jobs for local people and growing our own talent” he concluded.
Attendees and businesses exhibiting at the event will also be treated to a series of seminars and workshops throughout the day covering topics as diverse as finance options for SMEs, how to design a tank, how apprenticeships can benefit your business, and the People Portal.
The event is completely free to attend and any young people, people looking for work, or anyone simply looking to better understand the options open to them is welcome to call in at any time from 11am until 7pm.