Hundreds of people have taken the first step towards securing a new job or training opportunity following the Birmingham Jobs Fair at Villa Park.
The event attracted more than 1,000 job seekers and 63 employers and two weeks on, with data still being collated, 250 people have already been confirmed as securing a job or training place.
But hundreds more are awaiting the outcome of applications and interviews while employers are still sifting through scores of CVs – meaning that more than half of the 1,007 attendees are likely to end up in work or training.
Big name employers recruiting on the day included Greggs, B&M, getir, West Midlands Police and the NEC Group – the overwhelming majority arrived with at least 25 local vacancies to fill.
Angela Walsh, Apprenticeship Co-ordinator at NEC Group, said: “Birmingham Jobs Fair was such a fantastic event – the whole atmosphere was great and it was a pleasure to be involved. We took details for more than 40 interested candidates across a variety of positions and have made contact with them to discuss the opportunities available.”
The jobs fair was co-organised by Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) with a wide range of partners including JobcentrePlus and the Aston Villa Foundation.
Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council said: “It was fantastic to attend the Birmingham Jobs Fair and meet employers and job seekers from across the city. The results so far are exceptional, which is testament to the skills and qualities of the people of Birmingham.
“The past two years have been incredibly tough, especially for young people, and an important part of our recovery will be connecting unemployed people with businesses looking to expand their teams.
“We’re successfully attracting record levels of investment to provide jobs and opportunities, and the Jobs Fair shows that the people of Birmingham can reap the rewards. The Council will continue to work hard to connect our citizens with the opportunities that are available in Birmingham.”
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “The Birmingham jobs fair proved that although our region was hit incredibly hard by the pandemic, there are still thousands of jobs available and eager people looking to fill them.
“It is incredibly encouraging to hear how people walked away from Villa Park with a job offer in their hands, with nearly 200 now having secured a job or training place. This shows the power job fairs can have, and why I have made a commitment to hold one in every borough of the urban West Midlands as part of my 100k jobs plan.
“There are more vacancies than jobseekers currently in our region, and so I would encourage everyone who is looking for work or worried about their future to see what is out there for them – including upskilling and retraining opportunities funded by the WMCA.”