Promising signs of employment upturn in North East Lincolnshire
GRIMSBY is a good place to find work, according to a jobs expert – whose message came as the number of people out of work in North East Lincolnshire fell this month.
Although the Humber and Yorkshire region continues to have the second highest unemployment rate in the UK – second to the North East according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics – in August there were 6,450 unemployment benefit claimants in North East Lincolnshire, down from 6,655 in July.
Nationally, the figure was down by 0.25 per cent.
The news comes as a jobs fair at Grimsby Town Hall yesterday attracted scores of job seekers, and more than 500 in the first hour and a half.
There, JobCentre Plus district manager Stuart Griffiths said: "Unemployment falling is a sign for optimism.
"We are not saying it is the end of the recession. These are promising signs however, and it is a good message that Grimsby is a good place to find work. People here want to work. They have come to the jobs fair with their CVs and have dressed in suits and smart clothes."
The successful fair saw employers offering work and training to successful candidates, and the biggest demand for information was about the renewable energy sector.
Adrian White, a balance-of-plant engineer for Renewable Energy Sources, told how his firm moved to Grimsby nearly three years ago.
He said: "We were right at the start of the offshore wind farm industry.
"We have had a massive response from a massive mixture of people. Some looking to work offshore and those wanting to work in the industry in the support industry.
"There is a big buzz in Grimsby, with 64 turbines just off Skegness and 75 more planned. That is just Centrica and E.on, and RWE have major plans. There is going to be a massive infrastructure needed."
Dave Clayton, 54, formerly of Synthomer, said 71 of his colleagues were made redundant last year.
He added: "I like to think we can get a lift from the jobs fair. I am interested in Centrica's plans."
Programme manager for employment course CatZero, Sean Cahill, said all his students had received a boost at the fair.
He invited unemployed young people in the Immingham area to contact the Job Centre, in Kennedy Way, to join the next CatZero course.
As reported, it is starting in the town this month following a successful course in Grimsby, which saw young people take part in various activities and sail a boat the course is named after.
At the fair, there was a display by Premier Inn, which is planning a new hotel near Meridian Point, in Cleethorpes.
Sergeant Tony Saxton, of Army Careers, said there had been an increase in demand for information about the Forces.
He said: "The attraction is for the younger generation for whom employment is tight and they have the chance of more than 1,000 different jobs in the army, not just frontline fighting, if they are eligible."