Over 100 local job seekers turned out at Friday’s job fair in Lurgan Town Hall to meet local employers and potentially apply for job positions on offer.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council’s Labour Market Partnership collaborated with the Lurgan Jobs and Benefits Office to organise the event.
Labour Market Partnerships, which create targeted employment action plans for council areas, are funded by the Department for Communities, and allow for collaboration at local and regional level to support people towards and into work.
Five job positions were successfully filled after a previous event in Portadown earlier in the year so hopes were high going into Friday’s fair, with another job fair due to take place in The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh on Wednesday 3rd October from 10am to 1pm.
Attendees received a list of available vacancies and were given information on training opportunities, self-employment, careers guidance and practical advice to help improve their chances of finding employment.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Margaret Tinsley commented:
“The turnout for the Lurgan job fair goes to show the keen interest that local job seekers have in finding not only job vacancies, but training and support, from the companies who were present. It was a pleasure to spend time speaking with the employers and job seekers alike to hear about the opportunities and challenges that they face. Council events such as this are incredibly important in bridging gaps in skills or learning within our local economy.”
The next job fair will take place in The Marketplace Theatre, Armagh on Tuesday 3rd October, from 10am until 1pm, with many more opportunities on offer.
Local employers included Terex, Almac, SRC, Henderson Group, McDonald’s and Praxis Care attended the job fair to meet job seekers and discuss the opportunities.
To find out more about the Labour Market Partnership, you can visit https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/business/labour-market-partnership/