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Tuesday 2 September 2014

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Jobs Fair returns to North West

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Employment and Learning

Derry will play host to a major Jobs Fair and Advice Forum on 11 September 2013.

The fair, which will take place in the Millennium Forum between 10am and 4pm, has been organised by the Department for Employment and Learning in conjunction with Derry City Council, CultureTECH and EURES.

Speaking ahead of the event, Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “I welcome my Department’s association with this Jobs Fair and Advice Forum which brings employers, support organisations and jobseekers together under one roof. Clearly this event demonstrates that, despite the current economic climate, employers are still looking to recruit both seasonal and permanent staff and that there are employment opportunities for jobseekers."

A wide range of vacancies will be available particularly with an emphasis on Information Technology (IT), Media and Creative Industries in support of Digital Derry. Advice and guidance will also be available on a range of training and re-skilling opportunities.

The Minister continued: “A range of support organisations, for example my Department’s Careers Service and Employment Service, will also be present to provide individuals with information, advice and guidance on a range of training and employment schemes that can assist individuals progress towards work and better employment prospects, equipping them with the skills to compete in the labour market and meet the needs of employers both now and in the future.”

The city has played host to Jobs Fairs on previous occasions and organisers are confident that the forthcoming event will be the most successful yet, with the unique link up with the CultureTECH festival in support of UK City of Culture. Industry professionals from the digital media and technology sectors will be hosting information sessions between 1pm and 2pm during the event.

Large and small employers from across the North West will be available to answer questions, discuss training and employment opportunities.

Calling on young people to become involved in the work experience opportunities available through the Department’s Youth Employment Scheme, Minister Farry said: “The Youth Employment Scheme aims to help improve young people’s employment prospects by giving them real work experience. There are a wide range of work experience opportunities on offer at Jobcentre online for young unemployed people to avail of that will improve their employability skills, and allow them to compete on a more equal basis with more experienced workers."

Inviting jobseekers from across the region to the event, the Minister concluded: “The Job Fair has something for everyone and I would encourage anyone, whether in work, unemployed or simply assessing education and training options, to explore the services which will be available on the day.”

If you're in the market for a new career - or looking for the first step on the ladder - this is the place you need to be. The event is free so just bring yourself - and your CV - with you.

For further information about the Jobs Fair contact Karen Doyle on 028 7127 6930 or Bridgeen O’Hagan on 028 7127 6949 or visit www.jobcentreonline.com. Further information is also available on http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/job-fair-and-advice-forum

Notes to editors:

1. The Jobs Fair and Advice Forum will take place between 10am and 4pm on 11 September 2013 .at The Millennium Forum, Derry.

2. The Youth Employment Scheme is a voluntary programme. Young unemployed people who are in receipt of benefits may avail of two to eight week work experience placements where they can develop employability skills with no loss of benefits. Longer six to nine month work experience opportunities provide an opportunity to gain a qualification and young people will receive a benefit top-up of £45 a week. In addition there is an enhanced employer subsidy payable to employers who are in a position to offer unemployed young people aged 18-24 years old with a job that includes an element of training.
 

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