Jobs fair could provide major employment boost

Apprentice: Researcher Liam Rhodes, new apprentice Nikki Dunbar and Nigel Mills MP.
Apprentice: Researcher Liam Rhodes, new apprentice Nikki Dunbar and Nigel Mills MP.

A talented graduate - shunned by more than 500 firms in 12 months - is joining forces with Amber Valley’s MP to provide a boost for others in her situation.

Former Heanor resident Nikki Dunbar appeared in the News in May to tell readers of her ordeal after she left the University of Derby in 2012 with a first class honours degree in events management.

Despite having top grades and work experience she has spent her alumni year jobless - filling out several fruitless applications every day.

But when Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills read the story in the News he decided to offer Nikki a paid internship organising a major jobs fair at Ripley Leisure Centre in September.

Nikki said: “It’s great to be out of the university environment doing what I trained to do.”

For more on this story, grab the Ripley and Heanor News, out Thursday.