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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Careers fair in former record shop is big hit

Hundreds of people attended Workington’s first careers fair this week.

The three-day event was held at the former HMV shop on Washington Square.

It gave school leavers and job seekers the chance to speak to local employees about vacancies, apprenticeships, training and further education in a variety of fields including retail, construction and IT.

The event was officially opened on Monday by Councillor Len Davies, mayor of Allerdale, and Mary Bainbridge, mayor of Workington.

Kieran Jackson, 19, of Fletcher Crescent, Maryport, who was made redundant in March, said: “It’s good to have an event where employers are all in one place so you can chat to them and see what opportunities are available.”

Businesses and organisations taking part included Shepley Engineers Ltd, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Barchester Healthcare, The Co-operative Group, Inspira, Gen2, Britain’s Energy Coast, Mitie, Trades Hall, Rathbone UK, Northside Community Centre, Your Derwent & Solway Housing Association and Allerdale council.

It was organised by Workington Hub, a group including Dave Fletcher, town centre development manager, Toni Magean, Allerdale town centre manager, Tony Wareing and John Head, of the Rotary Club of Workington, and Vickie Steadman, of Jobcentre Plus.

The event was supported by Washington Square Properties NLP, Allerdale council, Workington Town Council and the Rotary Club of Workington.

Mr Magean said: “Having a variety of different employers under one roof has worked really well.

“People have had the opportunity to talk about the 100 vacancies on offer, ranging from frontline staff in retail to management positions.”

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