Jobs Fair in Derry this week

The scene outside the Millennium Forum for last year's Jobs Fair as people queue to talk to prospective employers. DER3815GS042
The scene outside the Millennium Forum for last year's Jobs Fair as people queue to talk to prospective employers. DER3815GS042

Local people have been advised that a major Jobs Fair will be held in Derry this Thursday.

The fair will take place at the Millennium Forum with queues expected to form prior to the opening at 10am.

The scene inside the Millennium Forum at last year's Jobs Fair. DER3815GS047

The scene inside the Millennium Forum at last year's Jobs Fair. DER3815GS047

The free Jobs Fair and Advice Forum will run until 3pm and is open to all.

Over 20 employers including Fujitsu, Matalan, Foyle Food Groups and Convergys will be in attendance, as will a number of support organisations such as the Careers Service.

Those attending have been advised to bring along a CV.

The event has been organised by the Department for Communities in conjunction with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA, said: “I am delighted that my Department is organising this Job Fair which brings employers, support organisations and jobseekers together under one roof.

“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.”

A wide range of vacancies from a variety of sectors will be available as will advice and guidance on training opportunities.

Department for Communities staff will be on hand to offer onsite practical Jobsearch advice, including interview tips and techniques.

Encouraging local people to come along, Derry Sinn Fein Councillor and Economy spokesman Mickey Cooper said: “During this challenging time for the economy it is important to provide opportunities for those in Derry and Strabane who are in need of work through redundancy or are simply finding it difficult to get their first job.

“This initiative will provide Job Seekers an opportunity to meet a wide variety of employers with vacancies and access opportunities all under one roof.”

Claire McAllister, Northern Regional Manager for the Department for Communities said: “A range of support organisations will also be present to provide individuals with information, advice and guidance that can assist them 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.”

Mena Kearney, Project Officer, Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “Derry City and Strabane District Council’s KickStart to Work Programme is delighted to work in partnership with the Department for Communities in organising the Job Fair.

“This event will assist enormously in providing advice on the training, employment and up-skilling opportunities currently available to individuals, who are looking to find work, re-train or develop skills to find a new career path.”

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