MORE than 1,600 job-seekers have flocked to the an event in East Staffordshire to try to get a foot on the career ladder with some of the region’s top employers.
Queues snaked around the Pirelli Stadium in Burton as the third Burton and Uttoxeter Jobs Fair opened up to the public – and proved to be a major success.
The total number of jobs on offer at the event was boosted to 3,000 after Jaguar Land Rover joined the exhibitors, days after announcing it was creating 1,700 new positions at its Solihull plant.
A delighted Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths, who organised the event and helped get major employers like JCB, Marston’s, Nestle and Molson Coors to back it, told the Advertiser it had been the best yet.
He said: “I think the day surpassed all of our expectations and was the best jobs fair yet.
“People were actually walking out of the door with a job, and that is a fantastic achievement. I am grateful to everybody who supported the event and made it so successful.
“We had a total of 44 stands in all and had fantastic support from businesses big and small, and there was a mindblowing array of jobs on offer.
“The local people have really come along in huge numbers to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.”
Uttoxeter-based Momentum Recruitment, which takes on welders to work for heavy industry across the region, also 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.”
Dole queues in Uttoxeter are currently shorter than at any time in the last five years.