The Ballroom at Accrington Town Hall bustled with people of all ages – from school leavers to retirees – who are looking for employment, thinking about doing an apprenticeship or looking for career advice. Now in its fifth year, the jobs and apprenticeship fair was bigger and better than ever, with a massive increase in attendees from last year’s event.
Numerous employers and education providers attended including: GAP Ltd; CVS Hyndburn & Ribble Valley; North Lancs Training Group; Go Velo Cycle Training; Armed Forces Careers Office Preston; Broadfield Home Care; Homestart Rossendale, Burnley and Hyndburn; Daisy Communications; James’ Place; and East Lancashire Hospital Trust.
Martin Houghton, Training Manager at James’ Place, said about the event:
“We came along to showcase the group – we are a hospitality organisation with 10 sites looking to recruit people from apprentices, to graduates, to experienced employees. We’ve had a lot of interest today at the jobs fair and even had a few people sign up on the spot.”
Tutors from Accrington and Rossendale College attended the event to showcase the courses they have on offer.
Charlotte Scheffmann, Assistant Principal at Accrington and Rossendale College, commented:
“The turn out for the event was incredible – full to the brim and bigger than it has ever been! Absolutely delighted to see it. The college were the main sponsors and worked in collaboration with both Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure to put the event on. We know such events will improve the opportunities in the borough for the local school leavers and young adults, so it’s paramount to work together to do so. The college is definitely back on the map and this year we have had more applications than ever. We do still have room for more! So, if anyone is interested they are still more than welcome to apply.”
Graham Jones, MP for Hyndburn, came along to show his support. He commented:
“The potential in Accrington has always been there and there’s more yet to come, but events such as the jobs and apprenticeships fair shows that great things are happening within the borough already. The #AmazingAccrington initiative is changing things rapidly. It’s all happening now! I’m proud to be a part of it all. The event was packed out with some fantastic opportunities presented to attendees that are right on their doorstep. Kudos to the council, Accrington and Rossendale College, plus Scott Dawson Advertising, for pulling out all the stops once again.”