More than a thousand people attended a successful Jobs Fair in Middlesbrough.
Around 70 employers and training providers gathered for the event in the spectacular surroundings of the newly-restored and refurbished Middlesbrough Town Hall.
Almost 700 positions were up for grabs for job-seekers who attended the fair, which was hosted by Middlesbrough Council in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, Middlesbrough College and Middlesbrough Community Learning.
Other key agencies involved included Teesside University, DWP and the National Careers Service (NCS), while firms showcasing their career opportunities included Sirius Minerals, Bowmer and Kirkland, Middlesbrough FC, Katmex, Cleveland Cable, First Source Solutions, Mabo Media and Arriva Northern Rail.
A ‘Digital Showcase’ also put the spotlight on some of the Tees region’s up-and-coming digital businesses specialising in gaming, VR and digital technology.
The council’s Investment and Growth manager Debbie Ingoldsby (pictured above at the event) told Tees Business: “We had an amazing turn-out, with well over a thousand coming through the door, and more than 70 exhibitors covering all sorts of different jobs and sectors from engineering, to digital, marketing, health care, train travel.
“One of the key things for us in economic development is making sure we’re bringing the companies into Middlesbrough and furthering that economic development to boost the town.
“There’s a massive amount of regeneration going on in Middlesbrough at the moment. We have a number of projects covering the digital sector, looking at Centre Square and the Grade A office space, and the TeesAMP development, so there are a number of construction as well as long-term job opportunities.
“We have to make sure local people are being connected with those opportunities, and that they have the right skills to do them, which is why we’re also working closely with education and training providers, like Middlesbrough College and Teesside University, to make sure the skills are there and that local residents get the opportunity to link into the jobs that are available now and coming up in the future.”
Middlesbrough Council is currently working on initiatives to support job seekers and attract large businesses and investors plus those looking to relocate to key regeneration sites such as Centre Square and TeesAMP.
About 680 permanent, temporary and apprenticeship vacancies across sectors as diverse as technology, construction, engineering and leisure were available during the Jobs Fair as employers welcomed job-seekers to stands in the Town Hall’s Crypt, Main Hall and old Fire Station, all fully upgraded as part of a recently completed £7.7m Heritage Lottery Fund-backed project.