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Burton jobs fair all set to offer up 1,200 roles at event

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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MORE than 1,200 roles will now be on offer at a jobs fair in Burton.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths (pictured) revealed to the Mail that he has managed to secure that total so far for the event, which will take place on Thursday, September 18, at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium, in Princess Way.

The event will feature 100 apprenticeship and graduate jobs at JCB, in Uttoxeter, 100 jobs at Burton-based brewer Molson Coors and 60 at Mediline nurses and carers.

Mr Griffiths told the Mail: "This news shows that the jobs fair is going to be a fantastic opportunity for people in Burton to climb on board the employment ladder.

"With only three weeks to go, I am regularly getting businesses – big and small – approaching me wanting to be a part of the event.

"What I am very pleased with is that we have a wide range of jobs on offer from a whole plethora of different trades and fields."

Mr Griffiths also said the event would offer a 'unique' opportunity to youngster who have just completed their exams.

"Whether youngsters have just finished their GCSEs, A-levels or university, the opportunities put forward by JCB offer people an exciting chance to forge a career with a great employer.

"I would now urge people wanting to keep up to date with jobs fair news to log on to www.burtonjobsfair.com or via our Facebook page."

The Mail previously revealed that Burton-based firms Pirelli, Spirit, Punch Taverns and Uttoxeter-based JCB have all been named as sponsors of the event.

Mr Griffiths is also urging businesses interested in attending to 'get in touch'. Any businesses interested in taking part in the event should call the MP's London office on 02072 197029 or email andrew.griffiths.mp@parliament.uk

More than 1,600 people descended on the event last year.

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  • mattlong  |  September 02 2014, 6:33PM

    All good stuff Ian. I note some have going the proverbial thumbs down to my previous comments calling for a healthy debate between Andrew Griffiths and Jon Wheale about whether the casualisation of labour can or cannot be addressed by a more Keynesian economic approach. How the heck can ANYONE seriously not want this to happen whichever way you vote? I also note that I very much doubt that the people that give you the thumbs down make a constructive comment themselves. I'd be happy to be challenged but its not what the political culture in this town is about unfortunately.

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  • ianpage123  |  September 02 2014, 5:16PM

    I think 1200 jobs on offer is fantastic :) It will be interesting to seeing how many people turn up !!! I agree with Matt every party should be supporting Andrew and getting behind the event. It's great seeing this event in it's 4th Year.

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  • mattlong  |  September 01 2014, 7:13PM

    Pleasing to see that something beneficial for Burton isn't being slated by the political left, of which I count myself one of by the way. The political left including the Labour party should get themselves to this event and take a look at what's going on - not to trash it - but to look at how they could build on it if they were to be elected next May. I note that some on the left are understandably concerned as to what types of jobs are on offer at this event. Some will be skilled, full time and relatively permanent (if that word is still appropriate in a postmodern social order) and some will be casualised, part time and perhaps subject to zero hour contracts. Rather than simply slating the latter, the political left needs to come clean about the following. To what extent could and would the Labour party be able to 'change' the working conditions of jobs which have become casualised. (I'm thinking of the proposed ban on zero-hour contracts) or to what extent is this casualization of labour something which is characteristic of a capitalist economy in a globalised 21st century. That's the debate which undoubtedly needs to take place between Jon Wheale and Andrew Griffiths. As for our MP on this one - why can't we all say 'Well done and keep up the good work'? Having worked with Andrew I am well aware of his leadership qualities and to acknowledge them I feel doesn't make me less 'left wing'. To acknowledge the good work of a politician of a different leaning does not deal a mortal blow to the prospects of the Labour party and nor is it a sign of lack of commitment to a progressive politics of the left.

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  • Marlene  |  September 01 2014, 9:10AM

    Good news indeed. Well done to all involved.

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  • mattlong  |  September 01 2014, 8:51AM

    Well done on this Andrew. Its good for Burton. I hope the event is as successful as the previous ones.

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