Grimsby jobs fair attracts hundreds of residents looking for permanent employment
WITH the new year well and truly underway, hundreds of jobseekers queued in the cold to try to gain employment.
The first jobs fair of 2013 took place at Cue World in Victoria Street South, Grimsby, yesterday and it was attended by some of the biggest employers in the area.
Operation manager Liz Hutchinson, pictured, from the Department for Work and Pensions said: "We have had another good turnout, despite the bad weather.
"We had a lot of people queuing before we opened and after that we have had about 100 people an hour coming through the doors.
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"There are a lot of jobs available and employers are always supportive of events like this.
"We were worried about the cold and snow, but it has not put anyone off.
"We have about 5,700 people signed up to us in Grimsby and events like this help lower that figure."
Thorpe Park was one of the major employers at the event, with more than 200 jobs available across the business.
Retail manager Linda Johnson added: "We have a large range of full and part-time jobs on offer.
"People do not have to have experience, but they need to be friendly, polite and have a happy disposition.
"In our industry you can progress quickly and also gain qualifications like food hygiene certificates.
"Jobs fairs are important because not everyone has access to the internet and it is always good to meet people face to face.
"We have been very busy, but we do have more than 200 jobs up for grabs."
As well as job vacancies and advice, training programmes were also recruiting.
CatZero the 12-week course that includes sailing on a 72ft racing yacht, as well as gaining new qualifications, was filling spaces on its latest courses.
South Bank programme coordinator Sean Cahill said: "We are here to get the word out about CatZero and start recruiting for the three new courses we are going to be running.
"Jobs fairs are vital to gaining employment and they link in with what CatZero does.
"This is a great opportunity to find work but also network with training providers and employers.
"People on the course help volunteer at events like this which also gives them a good opportunity to find jobs."
Volunteer Lucy Reeve, 19, from Grimsby said: "The number of people here shows that people are willing to find work.
"Signing up to training courses is as important as getting a job."