THE BIGGEST ever jobs fair to take place in Bromsgrove has been hailed a great success after hundreds of people turned up to browse more than 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships.
It was held at the Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, last Friday (February 13), and featured a number of businesses and high profile organisations.
They included West Mercia Police, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS), Severn Trent, the RAF, the Army, London Midland, National
Express, Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire County Council and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).
The event was organised by MP Sajid Javid, who opened the event with Bromsgrove Civic Head, Coun John Ruck, and the fair was sponsored by The Standard.
As well as the jobs, there was a CV clinic, short talks on the recruitment process and the managing director of Harris Brush – one of Bromsgrove’s oldest firms – led a seminar on employability skills.
One resident looking around was Laura Thomas, 37, from Lickey End.
“It’s very impressive – it’s great that everything is all under one roof.”
And she added there were a number of opportunities she had not even considered before.
Lindsay Blick, 42, from Bromsgrove added: “I didn’t really know what to expect – it has been very useful.
“I’m looking for vacancies which I will be able to fit around looking after my son.” she added.
Cpl Wayne Smith, from the Worcester Army Careers Centre, said: “It has been really good, there were more people than we expected.
“We have been able to give details out to a lot of people who want to take it further.”
Kathryn Berry, the rectuitment officer at HWFRS, said: “There have been a lot of people interested and it has come at a good time as we are currently looking for on-call firefighters in Bromsgrove.”
Anyone wanting more information on those vacancies can visit www.hwfire.org.uk or call 01905 3683433.
Mr Javid said he was pleased the fair was able to help so many people on their way to finding a job.
“From school students to over-50s, it was brilliant to see employers and Bromsgrove residents engaging.
“Every employer there had jobs on offer and I have been delighted by the positive feedback I’ve received from both recruiters and residents.”