Job hunters flock to employment fair

More than 600 jobseekers took to Ripley Leisure Centre on Friday to meet with more than 30 potential employers.

Somercotes chocolate makers Thornton’s took on 50 staff at the event to help its Christmas packing operation.

Organiser MP Nigel Mills said: “Everyone has said to me they have been glad to be here and that they’ve had successful day - so hopefully this is an event we can do again.”

Firms ranging from bus company Trent Barton to the Co-operative group and Mcdonald’s were there to take on staff in a range of positions.

Training providers including Derby College, Acorn Training Academy and Mercia College were also on hand to offer courses to those seeking extra qualifications.

History graduate Danielle Emsley, 21, of Vicarage Close, Swanwick was one of the jobhunters on the day.

She said: “It’s been helpful in finding out who’s out there and what is available. I think I’m looking at doing another course as most employers want you to have more experience now.”

It was a helpful day for local firms taking on employees too. Operations manager at Leabrooks butchers Owen Taylor, Carl Evans said he had a wealth of CVs to look through for temporary positions over Christmas. He said: “It’s been a good day for us, a great turn out really.”

Events management graduate Nikki Dunbar helped organise the fair after she was taken on as an apprentice by the MP. She said: “I had a lot of good feedback from people .”