THREE out of work for every vacancy
NEARLY three jobless people are chasing every vacancy in Melton borough, official new figures reveal.
There are currently about 725 people in the Melton area claiming jobseekers’ allowance and, of those, 180 have been out of work for more than a year.
The labour market statistics show there are, on average, 2.6 unemployed people for every vacant post in the borough. This is slightly less than the East Midlands rate of 2.7 while nationally nearly four times as many people are out of work as there are vacancies.
Melton Council says growing the local economy and job creation is one of its key priorities and it is now gearing up for its second jobs fair and business advice open day in the exhibition halls at Melton Cattle Market on Thursday, April 11 (10am-3pm).
A dozen employers have already confirmed they are to attend and the first job opportunities related to the Sainsbury’s development in Nottingham Road will be revealed.
Other firms looking to take on staff include Hallmark Consumer Services and LOL Recruitment while other leading businesses, such as Twinlakes, Ragdale Hall and Scalford Hall, also look to recruit at this time of year. Staff from JobCentre Plus will also be on hand.
Councillor Malise Graham MBE, the council’s lead member for entrepreneurship and skills, said: “This is a prime opportunity for employers to discuss current and future skill requirements and for potential employees to get invaluable advice on recruitment and development.
“The first new employment opportunities related to the Sainsbury’s development will be revealed by Linsco Recruitment Agency at the jobs fair, where people will be able to register their interest for work on the construction site.”
He added: “To help support people in applying for the retail jobs at Sainsbury’s, when they become available later this year, we will offer opportunities for local people to get training. This will be through courses at Brooksby Melton and Loughborough colleges or through the Adult Learning Service, to help local people develop skills to compete successfully for jobs.
“We know jobs are hard to find at the moment but we’re striving to help our local businesses grow, to attract new businesses and employers and to help put the correct training in place.”
The pre-employment training for the 350 jobs at Sainsbury’s will include health and safety, food hygiene, IT and online skills.
Advice will also be available at the jobs fair for those seeking apprenticeships or voluntary work.
Organisers town centre manager Shelagh Core and Melton Council’s employment and skills worker Gemma Sanders said the event will be a ‘one-stop shop’ for everything work related and they are hoping more than 400 people will attend.
Gemma said: “Every kind of job, full, part-time or seasonal, will be on offer and we’re keen for more employers to contact us so we can promote what openings they may have.”
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