Jobs fair to boost troubled town

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COUNCIL bosses are putting on the first of a series of jobs fairs in Holbeach to help tackle the town’s unemployment troubles.

South Holland District Council’s economic development team is teaming up with JobCentre Plus to run a fair at the Women’s Institute Hall in Park Road on Thursday, October 6.

The council says that statiscally Holbeach has the second highest rate of joblessness in Lincolnshire, after Skegness. In the summer we also reported figures from the Lincolnshire Research Observatory (LRO) which showed that the unemployment rate in the town stood at double that of England.

The LRO statistics show that the economic challenges faced in South Holland are added to by the fact 39 per cent of the population has no qualifications.

Council economic development portfolio holder Coun Howard Johnson said: “It is vital to the economic health of the district that we help people get into the workplace.

“By organising events such as this Jobs Opportunities Fair, we help jobseekers, particularly the younger members of our communities, seek full-time employment.”

Bosses say the fair will focus on providing information on jobs and careers to help get people “job ready” – with help on how to apply, how to draw up a CV, and looking at issues such as transport to work.

The economic development team says it is planning more fairs in conjunction with JobCentre Plus next year.

JobCentre Plus Employer and Partnership Manager Derrick Brown said: “We are pleased to be working with South Holland District Council to support local employers fill their vacancies, and at the same time help jobseekers find employment.

“This is an ideal opportunity for jobseekers to talk direct to employers who are currently recruiting.

“At the same time they can talk to a range of training and career guidance partners, to look at what other training opportunities might be available locally to them”.

The fair will run from 10am until 2pm.