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Last updateThu, 17 Oct 2019 10am

Big jobs fair on the way to Gloucester

JOB hunters look this way – a huge event aimed at getting hundreds of people back into work could provide the answer. Severn Vale School, in Quedgeley, will play host to more than 40 employers and training providers all looking for talent.

The likes of EDF Energy, Carter Construction, the Royal Navy, Glevum Security and Dyson are all on board for the event, which takes place on Monday from 2pm to 5pm. It has been pulled together by Gloucester MP Richard Graham. Talks with employers about coming on board for the event started towards the end of last year. He said: "This will be the fourth one we have done and at the last jobs fair in Barnwood, 500 people turned up over the course of the day.

"The employers who are on board and myself are totally committed to this.

"We get a real mix of people to these events, from people in work looking at what else is out there to students, to the long-term unemployed who are really in need of a job.

"It's good to see them come in and get talking to employers.

"This is a great chance for people of all ages and to come and have a look at what is on offer."

Job seekers also welcomed news of the event. Gary Ward, 49, of Quedgeley, is looking for a job after 12 years working in painting and decorating. He said: "I've been trained to use computers and am still doing work on the side, but I'm after something full-time I can rely on.

"I didn't go to the last one but I will probably be at this."

As well as the jobs on offer, people will be able to sign up for training courses to help them get the skills needed to find new opportunities. Gloucestershire College is another organisation in attendance and will be dishing out details about apprenticeships.

Communications manager, Michelle Louth, said: "Gloucestershire College is pleased to support the fair and will be offering information, advice and guidance to young people looking to start out in their careers and to those who are looking to retrain.

"In addition, the college is currently advertising 33 apprenticeship vacancies across Gloucestershire via the National Apprenticeship Service vacancies system.

"We will be bringing details of those vacancies to the event."

The fair comes at a good time, with the country's economic woes meaning more and more people are hunting less and less roles.

Unemployment figures released today are expected to show another rise in the numbers of jobless people.