UTTOXETER’S MP has received glowing praise from the Prime Minister for his role in setting up a successful jobs fair for East Staffordshire jobseekers.
Andrew Griffiths came in for special recognition from David Cameron for the event which was held at the Pirelli Stadium last month.
Mr Cameron spoke about the event in Parliament, saying it was proof the MP was not ‘just talking’ about the need to reduce unemployment.
The jobs fair, which was held for the third consecutive year, saw more than 1,600 people attempt to find work.
Some of the region’s major players in the business world such as Rocester-based JCB, Marston’s and Nestle all offered their backing to the event.
Speaking in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister was replying to a question from Mr Griffiths about the need to support small businesses when he praised the MP for all of his hard work in helping people find jobs.
Mr Cameron said: “Unemployment in the West Midlands fell by 14,000 during this quarter.
“However, my honourable friend does not just talk about helping people back into jobs, he has also set up a job fair in his constituency, which has done a huge amount to bring businesses large and small together with those who want jobs.
“That is the sort of social action in which Conservatives believe - not just talking, but helping.”
Mr Griffiths told the Advertiser he was slightly taken back to receive such glowing praise in front of his peers.
He said: “I have to say I was surprised that he mentioned the jobs fair but I was delighted he recognised what a difference it has made in Uttoxeter.
“The Prime Minister has things from the economy to world peace and the terrorism threat to occupy his thoughts so the fact he is aware of the work we are doing means a great deal.
“The congratulations also go to everybody else who was involved from the Burton chamber to Burton and South Derbyshire College to the staff at the job centre and everyone else who helped make the jobs fair the success it was.”
Mr Griffiths also revealed that on the back of the event’s success, he had been asked to give a presentation to his fellow Conservative MPs about how they could set up their own successful jobs fair.
The jobs fair has continued to grow since it was first launched three years ago with businesses from across East Staffordshire showing their support while trying to fill job vacancies at the same time.
Among them this year was Uttoxeter-based Momentum Recruitment, which takes on welders to work for heavy industry across the region, which successfully recruited new staff at the event.
Julie Carter, from the firm, said: “We had some jobs come in for some top customers and we have managed to find nine people to fill them. We took business cards away and phoned them back later to say we had found them jobs.
“These were jobs at places like Faurecia, in Fradley Park, and at a company based within JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter.”
Among the 1,600 looking for employment at the fair was Dominic Bould, from Uttoxeter.
He said: “It was interesting. I’ve got some good information and saw some jobs I’m going to apply for.
“It was good having everything under one roof.”