North Lincolnshire Jobs Expo hailed as huge success

13:38, Wednesday, 20th October 2021

The area’s biggest ever jobs fair has been praised by both employers and jobseekers alike.

The North Lincolnshire Jobs Expo 2021 took place in Scunthorpe’s Baths Hall yesterday (Tuesday 19 October) attended by more than 40 employers with hundreds of vacancies on offer.

The event, organised by North Lincolnshire Council, attracted jobseekers from across the region – many of whom walked out with an interview or a job itself.

Jolene Wilson from Tayto praised the organisation of the event and added: “We had a very busy stall with over 70 people very interested in applications. Lots of interest from people looking for full-time and part time vacancies. We even saw some ex-employees that are interested in coming back to work for us.”

Cooplands have lined up interviews next week for manager and team leader roles as well as up to nine sales assistants

A spokeswoman said: “We had the best day at the jobs expo, it’s the best one we have been to in and around Scunthorpe.”

Ongo also praised the event, saying it was the best jobs fair they had ever attended. A spokesperson went on to say: “We had the best day. So many customers were engaging and lots of enthusiastic people wanting to find work.

“We took so many referrals it’s going to keep us very busy for some time. Very confident we can gain some new successful staff from this event.”

A spokesperson for 2 Sisters said: “We had a lot of interest which will hopefully lead to positive recruits.”

A survey of the hundreds of people who attended the expo revealed that more than nine out of ten had found at least one vacancy they would apply for.

Comments from jobseekers included: “I’m really proud of myself for coming today, I’ve not been in work for some years and today was the first time I’ve come to anything like this.  I was really nervous but so pleased I came.”

And: “I’ve applied for three jobs and will wait to hear.”

Jobseekers were encouraged to attend by the Jobcentre, and the National Careers Service held workshops throughout the afternoon on CV and interview skills.

A ‘quiet hour’ was held before the open session, and Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby Croft opened the main event virtually via a big screen.

Louise Ineson, DWP Customer Service Leader for Scunthorpe, Goole and Selby, said: “Fantastic to see lots of people attend the Jobs Expo at the Baths Hall and getting to speak directly to employers. It was great to hear so many positive comments about the event.”