The North Bristol Job Fair was held on 27 September at Horfield jobcentre. A total of 681 visitors went to talk to the 34 employers offering jobs throughout North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The employers that attended the fair included Angard (for Royal Mail), Greggs, M&S, MoD, Southmead Hospital and Warburtons. In addition, there were 13 organisations including N-Gaged Training, National Careers Service, The Prince’s Trust and Workzone offering training and support for anyone who needed it.
The City Hall Job Fair was held on 19 October where 701 visitors spoke to 45 employers including Blue Arrow, Costa Coffee, DHL/The Range, Tesco, Travelodge and Unit Movements. In addition, the fair included organisations to support those who were not quite job-ready, including Carers Support Service, the Community Learning team, Himilo Training, and Step Together.
Both job fairs had a real buzz in the air as visitors appreciated the opportunity to talk directly to the employers about the jobs on offer. Many took advantage of the supported opportunity to apply for the jobs they wanted before they left.
There is still one more job fair left this year which will be held at Junction 3 Library on 1 November. This one is unique to the others as it will be entirely focused on the huge range of opportunities available in the Health and Care sector in Bristol.
The Job Fair planning group includes Bristol City Council’s Ways2Work team, the DWP, National Careers Service, N-Gaged and the local colleges, and plans are now in action for for 2018. These include the regular South Bristol Job Fair at Hengrove and a Catering and Hospitality focused event at The Bristol hotel. The Job Fair planning group are also starting to plan a new event which will be a combined Job Fair for all the employers at Bristol Airport. This will take place in the centre of Bristol at City Hall and Bristol WORKS looks forward to hearing all about it!