Employer feedback has proved that the Torbay Jobs Fair continues to be one of the most successful ways to match would-be employees with local recruiting businesses. The free event took place at Riviera International Conference Centre; a new home for 2019, and saw around 700 candidates attend, and over 900 jobs on offer from 60 employers. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Derek Mills, said: “The Jobs Fair is a unique event that enables job hunters in the area to talk to a vast number of employers face to face, all under one roof and all with live vacancies to fill. Businesses attending commented on the high calibre of candidates on the day, and many positive outcomes including interviews and job offers will follow.” Delivered for Torbay Council by TDA in partnership with JobCentre Plus, the Jobs Fair continues to grow and deliver excellent outcomes for the businesses and people of Torbay.
Connor Conneely, Economic Development Officer at TDA, said: “We received positive feedback from the employers and candidates at the Jobs Fair. With a good mix of candidates, who were suitable to progress to interview, the employers have found this an excellent way to recruit for a range of roles across their businesses.”
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, MIDAS and Mencap are some of the businesses who reflected on the success of the event.
Abigail Brown, Midas Construction Ltd, said: “A thoroughly organised event: well worth attending as we found two potential future Construction Technicians Apprentices, and could provide many more with work experience.”
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Harry Gill, Service manager at Royal Mencap Society, said: “I thought that the event was a huge success. The ‘quiet time’ was very positive allowing people to have a little more space – as someone that works for a learning disability company, I could see the real benefits of this and would look to get some of the people we support involved in this.”
Caroline Anderson, Recruitment and retention officer at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the careers event today. Having the opportunity to engage with the public face to face to speak about a career with us is one of our best forms of advertising – it is so useful being able to talk about the role directly and answer any questions that crop up – this nearly always motivates them to go away and research the role even further and hopefully apply for a position.”
The next Jobs Fair will take place in October.
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