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Jobs Fair returns to Belfast Europa

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Employment and Learning

Belfast’s Europa Hotel will play host to a major Jobs Fair and Advice Forum on 14 November 2013.

The fair, which will take place in the Europa between 10am and 6pm, has been organised by the Department for Employment and Learning. 

Speaking ahead of the event, Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry said: “This Jobs Fair and Advice Forum 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 as well as advice and guidance 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.”

Large and small employers from across Northern Ireland will be available to answer questions, discuss training and offer 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 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. More information is available on, by talking to an adviser in their local JobCentre or Jobs & Benefits office, or by calling 0300 200 7822.” 

Inviting jobseekers 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 along.

For further information about the Jobs Fair contact Hugh Logue on 028 9025 2225, Jackie Adamson on 028 9025 2325 or visit Further information is also available on

Notes to editors:

1. The Jobs Fair and Advice Forum will take place between 10am and 6pm on 14 November 2013 at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

2. The Youth Employment Scheme is a voluntary programme. Young unemployed people who are in receipt of benefits may avail of three to eight week work experience placements. A young person claiming Jobseekers Allowance can go on a YES work experience placement where they can develop employability skills, continue to receive their Jobseekers Allowance and get an additional top-up of £15.38 per week. Longer six month work experience opportunities provide an opportunity to gain a qualification and young people will receive a benefit top-up of £45 a week plus a performance bonus of £250 on achieving their agreed training. 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.

3. A photograph to accompany this story is available to download from the Department for Employment and Learning’s Flickr collection at: Caption: Pictured are Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry with Norbrook Laboratories Recruitment Manager James Gibbs. Norbrook will be offering employment opportunities at the event.

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