Nottingham residents who are out of work or between jobs are invited to join Nottingham City Council, partners and local employers at the Nottingham Jobs Fair which returns to the city this autumn.
The fair is organised by Nottingham City Council and partners Futures and the Department for Work and Pensions under the Nottingham Jobs brand and this year is delivered in association with local Further and Adult Education provider Nottingham College.
This year’s fair will be held at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday 18th September and is expected to attract around a hundred employers, training providers and support agencies plus thousands of jobseekers over the course of the day.
People of all ages who live in Nottingham city and the surrounding neighbourhoods are invited to come along whatever their previous experience has been in employment, training or education and speak to a wide range of employers and locally-based community groups who will be able to offer them advice training and support to find work.
Visitors to the jobs fair this year will also be able to apply for jobs at the event itself and use areas which have been set up to give them the space and time they need to get the most out of the event. Also on offer will be help with job searches, CV writing and completing job applications with companies who are recruiting on the day.
The employers so far confirmed for this year’s fair will be promoting almost 1000 job vacancies between them and include Gleeson Homes, Willmott Dixon, Nottinghamshire Police, Metropolitan Housing, Nottingham Homecare, Nottingham City Homes and Littlefish.
Councillor Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Education and Skills said “We know that like in many UK cities, citizens in Nottingham continue to face personal barriers which make finding and sustaining employment a challenge. That is why Nottingham City Council, through our unique employment and skills service, Nottingham Jobs, continues to do all it can to provide local residents with access to advice, training and support to give them every chance to find work.
“Nottingham Jobs provides a wide range of support to employers and job seekers from one-to-one advice to events like our three successful jobs fairs. The message from Nottingham City Council and our values community partners is that whatever your age, employment history or circumstances, there is free support out there for you to learn or refresh your skills and find suitable work.”
Lillian Greenwood Nottingham South MP says: “I am pleased to be attending the Nottingham Jobs fair this year and would like to say that I wish everyone who comes along, both employers and job seekers, a positive and successful experience.
“It’s great to see that so many local employers have chosen to be at the fair this year and clearly see the value of these events. Jobs fairs like this really do help local communities and the support of businesses is absolutely critical to helping people find work and making sure Nottingham’s economy stays strong.”
James Whybrow, Vice Principal, Nottingham College added; “Nottingham College may only be just over a year old but the ethos of our college is solely about developing the talent and labour market for all employers in Nottingham and further afield, both now and in the future.
“To do this we need to ensure that our programmes are designed to meet the needs of employers and working with Nottingham Jobs helps us get the foundations right very early on.
“We’re thrilled to be supporting the Nottingham Jobs Fair; by supporting events like this we’re in the best place to be able to build relationships with employers, grow the reputation of the college and promote the wide range of opportunities on offer for the people of Nottingham.”
For anyone who hasn’t been to a jobs fair of this size before and might be nervous about attending or finding work the Nottingham, Jobs team has this advice:
- First impressions count so dress smartly. You might be speaking to your future managers or colleagues
- Don’t be frightened to ask questions, that’s what the stall holders are expecting and they will be ready to answer any queries you may have
- Speak to the employers and training providers and ask them anything about their jobs, their business, where they are based or what they offer. There’s no such thing as a silly question
- Finally, remember that everyone you speak to at the fair was once a job seeker just like you