More than 650 job seekers took advantage of a free jobs fair in Torquay’s Town Hall Assembly Rooms. South Devon businesses actively recruiting exhibited at the event and with over 460 jobs on offer from 55 employers.
Employers saw candidates throughout the day with high levels of interest shown in vacancies, with many applications received and more to be expected.
A high standard of candidates and CV’s led to many people being invited to interviews, and a diverse range of people attended, from the unemployed to people in work looking for a change of profession or route to progress their career in a chosen field.
A number of people spoke to recruiters about the potential to up-skill, and local organisations took the opportunity to engage with motivated and enthusiastic local people.
A staggered entry system meant it was constantly busy while giving recruiters and job seekers a chance to speak to everyone.
The event created exposure for local companies that they would not have had recruiting independently and provided recruiters with the opportunity to network with other local businesses.
“Very good turnout. We had lots of interest from a broad spectrum of applicants. Sending out 22 application forms which is a fantastic response” (Mears Care Group)
“Very enjoyable event – Lots of job seekers came today which is great to see. Met some great people who we will be in contact with shortly to hopefully interview and offer jobs to” (EMCAS)
“I found the event both stimulating and fulfilling and it exceeded my expectations” (job seeker candidate)
“It is good to see all aspects of jobs in one room” (job seeker candidate)
“Very good jobs fair – helping my daughter find a job”
The Jobs Fair was officially opened by Torbay’s Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver and delivered by TDA, Torbay Council and in partnership with Jobcentre Plus.
Look out for news coming soon on the next Torbay and South Devon Jobs Fair returning in the Autumn.