27 January 2012
The first Jobs Fair of 2012 has had a fantastic response from employers, with 15 taking a stand at the February event so far.
The fair aims to bring together local job-seekers and employers who have vacancies or will be taking on staff in the near future. In previous years up to 1,000 people have attended the Jobs Fairs.
A broad range of industries, from hospitality to finance and construction will be represented at the fair, alongside 8 representatives from support agencies and training providers. The Jobs Fair is being held at the Town Hall on Thursday 23 February from 12pm to 2pm and from 5pm to 7pm.
The Head of Careers and Learning Support at Careers Jersey, Andy Gibbs, said that he was delighted with the response and the opportunity that it presented for job-seekers but said there was still room for more employers to take stands. “This is a really good chance for businesses to connect with people and for anyone who is looking for work to meet and gain information from those who have the vacancies to fill. The hospitality industry in particular will be recruiting staff soon for the coming season and it is really encouraging that so many representatives of that industry have signed up for the fair,” said Mr Gibbs.
The Social Security Minister Senator Francis Le Gresley said “The value of the Jobs Fair is in its ability to match local job-seekers to vacancies and its success relies on the commitment of employers to take on locally qualified individuals for those roles wherever possible. The coming year is going to be a tough one for job-seekers and events which bring people into direct contact with employers will be a vital part of our success in reducing unemployment.”
HR Responsible for the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel Ute Saltenberger attended last year’s fair. She said “The Jobs Fair is a very good opportunity to present the hotel and to get in contact with job-seekers and young people. Last spring it helped us to find seasonal staff and we did hire some people who had given us their CV during the fair. It also gives us the opportunity to keep the hotel in mind as an employer. Attending the fair also gave us contact with other companies and agencies.”
Flybe are also regulars at the fair and the company’s HR Manager Gill Gegg said that their attendance was always very successful.
Employers who have not yet taken a stand at the fair but would like to do so should contact Careers Jersey. Attendance is free for both employers and attendees.
Job-seekers who already have a CV are encouraged to bring copies with them to give to potential employers. As well as providing a forum for potential employment, the fair also looks at self-employment opportunities, local charities, training providers and CV support from Careers Jersey.