Amber Valley residents flock to annual jobs fair

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It was positive news for job hunters in Ripley, Heanor and Belper last week as Amber Valley hosted its third annual jobs fair.

Hundreds of job hunters from around the area descended on Ripley Leisure Centre on Friday for the all-day event, organised by Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

Amber Valley jobs fair hosted by MP Nigel Mills at Ripley Leisure Centre. Pictured here is Neil Sloan, Lewis Gillot and Ben Upton of Acorn Training Consultants.

Amber Valley jobs fair hosted by MP Nigel Mills at Ripley Leisure Centre. Pictured here is Neil Sloan, Lewis Gillot and Ben Upton of Acorn Training Consultants.

The fair played host to a range of local employers including the Manthorpe Group, Owen Taylor & Son, BPI Recycled Products, Birchwood Homecaring Services, Essential Recruitment, Armed Forces, UPS, McDonalds, Places for People Leisure, Leonard Cheshire Disability, GI Group, Futures Housing Group and Carewatch.

It also played host to representatives from education, training and apprenticeships providers including the National Careers Service, EMA Training, A4e, Being Your Own Boss and QA Associates.

Seminars also ran offering advice on creating a CV, job applications, money management advice, becoming self-employed and overcoming interview objections.

Speaking about the event, Mr Mills said: “I am delighted that over seven hundred people attended my third Jobs Fair in Ripley last week. It’s great news that several constituents have already been employed as a result of Friday’s fair, and many more have been given interviews for jobs, apprenticeships or training.

Amber Valley jobs fair hosted by MP Nigel Mills at Ripley Leisure Centre. Pictured here is Andrea Wooten of Oriflame

Amber Valley jobs fair hosted by MP Nigel Mills at Ripley Leisure Centre. Pictured here is Andrea Wooten of Oriflame

“My aim in holding these jobs fairs is that they are a great way to bring employers, training providers and job seekers together to bring unemployment in Amber Valley down even further.”