Expo helping find Links to employment
THE Herald's major Get Hired Expo will give people the chance to find a job – and change their life for the better, a leading employment organisation says.
Working Links is among the firms and organisations backing next month's free-to-enter, all-day employment event.
The organisation, which has a Plymouth office in Mayflower Street, has praised The Herald's Get Hired campaign and its move to take it off the page and into the Guildhall with a major expo putting employers, trainers and job-hunters together.
A Working Links spokesman said: "Since 2000, we've been working hard across the South West to help move more than 25,000 people away from benefits and into work.
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"We're extremely passionate about helping give people a brighter future and that's why we're great supporters of The Herald's Get Hired campaign.
"It's bringing together some of the region's other passionate and knowledgeable providers to ensure local residents have the best possible chance to change their lives for the better.
"We'll be there at the expo to offer our advice and guidance to anyone who wants help to move towards sustainable employment."
Working Links will be among dozens of employers and organisations giving advice and work opportunities to Plymouth's job-hunters at the free-to-enter expo, which will be held in the Guildhall, from 10am to 7pm on March 15.
Among organisations already committed to taking part are City College Plymouth, Blue Screen IT, Plymouth Citybus, Cornwall College and Venus Training and Consultancy.
It is expected the emergency services and armed forces will be represented too.
The Get Hired Expo also coincides with the final day of this year's National Apprenticeship Week.
The Herald decided to take its Get Hired campaign off the page and into the Guildhall because we want to bring employers and potential employees together to fill job vacancies and help individuals into employment.
And the expo will also focus on those in a job but wishing to retrain, and budding entrepreneurs aiming for self-employment too.
It's a step forward for the Get Hired campaign, which was launched last June with a mission to highlight job and training opportunities in the city.
During the past eight months The Herald has featured dozens of businesses and organisations striving to help the unemployed.
And we have told the stories of job-seekers, and their quests to find employment.
Several of those we have followed have found work or training.
Working Links delivers the Government's Work Programme initiative across the South West to help move long-term unemployed people into work.
It also delivers the ERDF/Plymouth City Council-funded Enterprise Coaching scheme.
"So far, we've helped more than 1,500 people look at starting up their own businesses within the past two years," the spokesman said.
"One of the main things to get across is that employers who take on a 18-to-24-year-old from the Work Programme can get up to £2,275 as a wage subsidy via Working Links."
Employers wishing to know more, they can call Working Links on 0800 9179262.
And there is still the opportunity for firms, organisations and individuals to exhibit at the expo.
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