Job fair brings down figures

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A drop in Amber Valley’s unemployment rates could have been the result of a jobs fair held at Ripley Leisure Centre - according to MP Nigel Mills.

Since the event on September 6, close to 100 folk have landed a new job through meeting with employers on the day.

Mr Mills, who organised the event with the help of Derby University graduate Nikki Dunbar, said a fall in the borough’s unemployed, from 3.2 per cent last month to 3 per cent could be a direct result of the day.

He said: “I’m delighted that the Amber Valley Jobs Fair I organised has helped achieve this reduction.”

Somercotes chocalatiers Thornton’s took on the most staff on the day- with 50 positions handed out to help the firm’s Christmas packing operation

The Co-operative Group, Unidrug and Owen Taylor Butchers were among the others taking on staff. One of the event’s success stories was its co-organiser Nikki Dunbar who landed the roll after she appeared in the News in May. Despite receiving a first class honours degree in events management, Nikki had been turned down for 500 jobs in her alumni year. Following the fair Nikki herself has now landed a full-time roll with Denby-based HL Plastics.

Mr Mills said: “She’s already doing well there, and I’m sure she’ll achieve some great things.”