Thousands attend jobs fair at Glyndŵr University
Photo: Job seeker Michael Oliver, of Wrexham, with Wockhardt HR team Lynn Roberts, Sophie Griffiths, Amanda Jarvis, and Roz Norris, customer services operations manager at the Department for Work and Pensions.
More than 1000 job seekers visited within the first hour of an employment fair in Wrexham to find out about work opportunities at home and abroad.
Organised by Wrexham JobCentre and Glyndŵr University's award-winning careers team, up to 3000 people attended the World of Jobs event on Tuesday.
Some of the region’s biggest employers, including Moneypenny, Wockhardt, Redrow Housing and the Armed Forces, were among the 60 plus collection of companies which attended.
Sectors ranging from construction, care and hospitality through to engineering were represented.
The jobs fair was part funded by the European Commission and hosted by the European Employment Service (EURES) and Job Centre Plus in North and Mid Wales.
Roz Norris, customer services operations manager at the Department for Work and Pensions, said the event was designed to promote mobility within the employment market worldwide.
She said: “I’m responsible for supporting people into work in Wrexham and Powys so I jumped at the chance to hold a job fair like this in North Wales when we were approached by Eures.
“It’s the first event of its kind we’ve held in the region and was targeted at people living in North and Mid Wales.
“We thought we would get 1000 people across the day so were absolutely thrilled to reach that total within the first hour.
“Two people were offered jobs in the first few hours as well, which was really pleasing to see,” added Roz.
Visitors to the fair were given the opportunity to speak to employers in the university’s sports centre, while the Catrin Finch Centre hosted a series of interactive sessions.
These included advice on living and working in the hospitality sector in Greece, the engineering sector in Ireland and within IT in Ireland.
Talks were also delivered by Prime Cymru, offering guidance on looking for work aged 50 or over, the British Retail Consortium, Moneypenny, Careers Wales and Business Connection.