BURTON'S MP has revealed that more than 850 jobs will be on offer at the fourth annual jobs fair in the town – with hundreds more set to follow.
Andrew Griffiths also confirmed that big hitting firms Boots and Marston's, both with bases in Burton, were the first major companies to sign up to offer roles at the event, which is set to be held on Thursday, September 18, at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium, in Princess Way.
The event is set to offer thousands of jobs to people currently out of work.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: "I am extremely pleased to announce that in only one week we have already secured 850 jobs to offer to the people of Burton.
"I am also delighted to announce that Boots, based in Centrum 100, and Marston's, based in Shobnall Road, have also decided to come on board, support the event and offer up a host of jobs."
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 now appealing for more businesses to sign up to attend the event.
He said: "We can have a maximum of 50 firms exhibiting on the day and already we have had 15 sign up to take part.
"I am thrilled with how well it has all gone just over a week after we launched this year's jobs fair.
"We had more than 3,000 jobs on offer last year and we are now well on the way to having thousands on offer for the people of Burton later this year at the Pirelli Stadium.
"An integral part of this event is getting major firms to sign up and back it.
"That is why news that Boots and Marston's have come aboard is a great boost and reflects the calibre of the event as a whole.
"The jobs fair will have a wide variety of roles on offer for a wide range of people.
"There will also be help and advice on a range of matters geared around getting people a job.
"We have recently seen unemployment fall yet again in the town and we hope that this jobs fair will help reduce this figure even further in the future.
"We are looking forward to a great event and helping a lot of people in the town."
Any businesses interested in taking part in the event should call the MP's London office on 02072 197029 or email email@example.com
More than 1,600 people descended on the event last year in the space of only five hours with several walking away with a job on the day.