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On Wednesday 11th September, GC Employment held its annual jobs fair in their central Manchester head office to provide support to those who were looking for work, a change in career, or even just for some friendly advice.

228 candidates attended along with 30 exhibitors from different industries and sectors across Greater Manchester, including Morisons, Laing O’Rourke, Vodaphone, McDonalds, Royal Mail, Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service, NW Ambulance Service, care agencies and prominent SMEs, all showcasing a variety of vacancies and opportunities looking for fresh talent to join their business.

Information available to candidates from GC Employment Services included Skills Support for Employment, The Working Well / Work and Health programme, National Careers Service and other partners such as The LAB Project. The support on offer covered CV writing, job searching & applications, employability skills, mental and physical health support, upskilling through both accredited and none accredited training.

Kelly Player, Sustainability Advisor for Laing O’Rourke, was present on the day and speaking with visitors interested in construction commented; “The event was well attended and provided a great opportunity to engage candidates with the pathways into employment and opportunities available for them!”

Dominic Warren-Browne, Contract Manager for Carlisle Support Service Arriva Northern Central and West, was also present and expressed why he felt so strongly about this event; “The Jobs Fair was well worth attending and we identified a number of persons who showed a real interest in the positions available, and I’m sure a number will be able to secure positions once the application process is complete. I personally have worked with The Growth Company for a number of years and it is really to get persons on board who have been out of work for extended periods.”

Andy White, Client Account Manager for NSL, recounts his thoughts of the event and reflected upon the 10-year working relationship NSL and GC Employment have: “NSL attended the Growth Company’s (GC Employment) annual Jobs Fair, which as usual was seamlessly delivered and well attended by job seekers looking for new opportunities. During our ten-year relationship with the Growth Company, NSL have supported many local residents back into sustainable work, including those who have required additional help in order to facilitate their return into employment. We look forward to continuing this relationship and support for jobs in the local community in the years to come.”

Lauren Maile-Wilson, Engagement Producer for Proper Job Theatre Co commented; “The day was very well planned, people arrived at allotted time slots which meant that it was continuously busy throughout the day without getting overcrowded. This meant we could spend more time talking properly with people which was great for engagement. We have had people we met on the day enrol and attend our current course, which is fantastic. Fern and the team were brilliant at accommodating us, we were supported throughout the day, and provided with refreshments and breakout are which really kept energy and morale up throughout the day. '
Fern Goddard, Recruitment Service Manager at The Growth Company Employment stated, “We are proud to continue to offer support and guidance to those who are out of work, and to connect with employers with potential employees. The Growth Company Employment have assisted over 100,000 people into work since April 2000 working with over 1600 different employers, supporting the recruitment of people to join their organisations.”

For more information about what we can do for you, please visit us at www.gcemployment.uk