Jobs to be on offer at today's Get Hired Expo at Plymouth Guildhall
THE Herald's Get Hired Expo being held today promises to help job-seekers find work.
The free event, which runs from 10am to 7pm at the Guildhall, features a host of employers and organisations ready to give advice and opportunities to the city's job hunters.
With the city's jobless total rising for the first time in a year to 6,136 people, there is no better time to help them find work.
Phil Davies, principal of City College Plymouth, said: "It's bringing many key players from around the city – whether employers, or potential employers, or education and training providers – together to present a range of options. And it provides the opportunity to match up employers with potential employees. It's therefore got the potential to make a significant difference to those employers and the people wanting to find out about their options."
Ian Wood, editor of The Herald, said: "We launched the Get Hired campaign last summer and it was successful, helping a number of people to get back into employment. So on the back of this we decided to organise this free event to give everyone in Plymouth the opportunity to access expertise.
"It will feature employers with job vacancies. There's a need to match people with jobs."
Dr Steven Brand, associate professor of economics at Plymouth University, added: "Against a background of continued weak national and global economic performance, conditions in the local labour market in the coming year are set to remain challenging.
"We expect to see headline unemployment figures in Plymouth remain static, relative to a moderate fall in national rates."