Newry Jobs Fair opens

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Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Community, Jobs & Careers
The first of the Department for Employment and Learning’s series of Job Fairs and Advice Forums has opened in Newry.
Pictured with Department for Employment and Learning Permanent Secretary Derek Baker are Councillor Naomi Bailie, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, and Catherina Heaney from Newry-based company The Rug House

Pictured with Department for Employment and Learning Permanent Secretary Derek Baker are Councillor Naomi Bailie, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, and Catherina Heaney from Newry-based company The Rug House

Speaking from the event at the Canal Court Hotel, the Department for Employment and Learning’s (DEL) Permanent Secretary Derek Baker said, “I recognise the important contribution which employers, large and small, have made to this event. “My Department is seeking to work with business and local industry as equal partners to grow our economy and to create a future in line with the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy. “Events such as this in Newry bring employers, support organisations and jobseekers together under one roof. The Job Fair and Advice Forum gives employers the opportunity to meet potential employees, many of whom are very highly skilled. “It also provides the jobseekers with the chance to meet face to face with employers. For those who missed the event, I would direct jobseekers to http://www.jobcentreonline.com.” Over 50 employers are in attendance with over 500 vacancies on offer. Advice and guidance are also available on a range of training and re-skilling opportunities. Major employers with jobs available include BT Flex, First Derivatives, MJM Group and Norbrook. Other companies exhibiting include O’Hare and McGovern, the Old Barn Steakhouse and Kelly Brothers. Mr Baker continued, “A range of support organisations, including my Department’s Careers Service, Disability Employment Service and Employment Service, are also present to provide individuals with information, advice and guidance on a range of training and employment schemes.” Shane Mulholland, Vice President, Recruitment, at First Derivatives commented, “The Job Fair and Advice Forum gives us the opportunity to interact with potential applicants and allows our recruitment to be more effective. “This event demonstrates that DEL, local employers and training organisations are working together to help jobseekers find the most appropriate route back into employment and employers recruit a skilled work force.” A number of other support organisations, including the Prince’s Trust, Libraries NI and Southern Regional College, are in attendance at the event to provide information, advice and guidance in career, educational and training opportunities for jobseekers. Further job fairs and advice forums include the Millennium Forum, Derry on Wednesday 23 September 2015; Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney on Thursday 1 October 2015 and the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Wednesday 21 October 2015. Each event will run from 10am to 4pm and has been organised by DEL. Further information is available at: http://www.jobcentreonline.com and http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/careers-events.htm

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