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Job day hopes to repeat last year’s success story

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

Simon Farneti, community housing officer (Orbit Heart of England),

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A JOB day which offered more than 800 employment opportunities at its last event will be held again.

The successful project which helped people facing unemployment or redundancy last year is now being continued into 2013.

Social housing provider, Orbit Heart of England, along with East Staffordshire Borough Council and other partner agencies in the East Staffordshire Worklessness Action Group is hosting another job opportunities day on February 13.

Simon Farneti, community housing officer (Orbit Heart of England), said: “The Job Opportunities Days have been phenomenally successful and we know they work. At our last event, more than 200 people attended. Of the 863 job opportunities on offer, 77 were filled on the day and 42 interviews and future appointments arranged.

“New for 2013 will be informal workshops to help with CV writing, interview techniques, starting your own business as well as information sessions around work clubs and Welfare Reform. They are a great opportunity for people facing an uncertain future to get support and practical help in finding a job but it is something businesses benefit from too.”

The next Job Opportunities Day is being held at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, on Wednesday, February 13. The event is open to the public between 9.30am and noon.

Employers are able to book a stand at this event by phoning Simon Farneti on 0345 8 500 500.

The Worklessness Action Group is a partnership between East Staffordshire Borough Council, Orbit Heart of England, Trent & Dove Housing, Burton and South Derbyshire College, Business Enterprise Support, East Staffordshire Children’s Centre, Job Centre Plus and ESCVS. The aim is to take jobs, training and support to key areas of the community.

The news comes after new figures revealed that Anglesey and Stapenhill wards are each home to more than 200 Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 08 2013, 4:02PM

    Can anybody please tell me just how many of these 863 job opportunities were real, long-term posts and how many of them were temporary warehouse jobs with no security whatsoever, paying as little as they can get away with?