Employability fair for pupils and public

Published May 18, 2018 at 12:56

Businesses are invited to showcase their job and career opportunities to potential employees – now and future – at the Rossendale Works employability and skills fair.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event, on Tuesday 10 July, at the Adrenaline sports centre in Helmshore Road, Haslingden.

More than 1,000 pupils aged 14 to 16 from Rossendale’s seven secondary schools will be there between 9am and 2pm to learn about the wide variety of possible careers in the Valley and the qualifications they will need to pursue them. They will also take part in a science workshop to promote the skills needed for science, technology, engineering and manufacturing jobs.

The fair will then open to the public from 2pm to 5pm, when visitors can talk to businesses, find out about job vacancies and attend workshops on topics including CV writing, budgeting, interview skills and adult apprenticeships.

Rossendale Council is organising the event in partnership with schools and the local JobCentre.

More than 50 Rossendale-based companies are expected to attend and those already confirmed include major names such as JJO, Solomon Commercials, McDonald’s, Rossendale Holiday Cottages and Rossendale Leisure Trust.

Their stalls will be as hands-on and interactive as possible and there is still time for others to take part.

David Hampson, Headteacher of Alder Grange High School in Rawtenstall, said:

It is vital that schools and local businesses work together to secure the best possible future for the next generation of workers in the Rossendale Valley.

Events such as this which promote better opportunities for young people in the Valley deserve our full support.

The event is free of charge for companies and the public alike.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said:

This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to recruit employees both now and in the future.

It also aims to open people’s eyes to all the great career opportunities there are in the borough, whether they are looking for a job now, are thinking about taking the next step in their career or are young people who might not even be aware of the options open to them.

Businesses interested in attending the skills fair should contact Megan Eastwood on meganeastwood@rossendalebc.gov.uk or call 01706 252480.

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