A large-scale Jobs and Careers Fair aimed at inspiring Cumbria’s jobseekers has been hailed a success, with more than 800 people attending the event to meet 60+ potential employers from a range of industries across the county.
The fair brought together some of Cumbria’s most innovative and inspiring employers with job seekers of all ages and career stages, creating a space for them to explore the diverse range of opportunities available across the county.
Hosted by a partnership of local organisations, including Kendal College, Cumbria Tourism, Inspira, Job Centre Plus, and LOCALiQ, the event featured both current job vacancies and opportunities to develop longer-term careers in key industries ranging from tourism and hospitality, to professional services, healthcare and public sector roles.
A range of support organisations, as well as Universities and Further Education institutions from across the North of England were also on hand to offer advice and inspiration.
The Jobs and Careers Fair was a chance for employers to connect directly with job seekers and fill the void of available jobs in the county. Job applications were being handed in on the day and many businesses went away with lists of potential employees. Students were inspired by a number of career routes across all sectors, with many attending workshops on careers-related subjects.
It was an important opportunity for Cumbria Tourism to promote the many benefits of a career in the county’s tourism and hospitality sector.
Head of Partnerships & Projects at Cumbria Tourism, Rachel Tyson, said: “This was a fantastic showcase of careers and it was great to witness the enthusiasm and interest of everyone exploring the job opportunities on offer. We were proud to be one of the supporters of this event, helping to address businesses’ ongoing recruitment challenges.
“From the tourism perspective, our latest research indicates that 73% of operators are finding staff recruitment is an issue and our involvement with the fair is just part of our ongoing work to help support tourism businesses with staffing, skills and retention.”
General Manager of Treetop Trek Windermere, Tom Patrick-Kenny added: “We have a range of roles which are particularly well-suited to school and college leavers. Not only are seasonal jobs a great way to earn money over holidays like Easter and the summer break, but it means students can gain industry experience and hands-on skills with plenty of opportunities for training and development. Being part of this event was helped us make some useful new contacts, who are interested in the opportunities we have available.”
Ian Wilkinson, HR Manager at Windermere Lake Cruises commented: “Being the most visited attraction in the county, we were thrilled to participate in the Jobs and Careers Fair. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet directly with job seekers of all ages and discuss the diverse range of opportunities available at Windermere Lake Cruises.
“The event was well organised and brought together a wide range of businesses and organisations. We are very pleased with the response we received from the fair and look forward to continuing to support local employment initiatives in the future.”