Just ahead of furlough coming to an end next week, 25 of Cumbria’s leading tourism and hospitality businesses will come together on Wednesday 29 September for a large-scale jobs fair to match jobseekers with potential new roles.
Among some of the county’s top employers involved in the event are Lakeside Hotel & Spa, multi- Michelin-starred Simon Rogan, The National Trust, Windermere Lake Cruises, Hargreaves Enterprises, the Inn Collection and Center Parcs to name just a few.
As well as offering opportunities to anyone who finds themselves facing redundancy after long-term furlough, they will be promoting a wide range of full-time and part-time roles suitable for people looking to return to work after a career break or simply eager to climb the career ladder in the county’s vibrant visitor economy. There will also be fresh roles for school and college leavers to consider.
The Jobs Fair at The Forum in Barrow-in-Furness has been arranged by Cumbria Tourism and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), alongside partners from Local IQ, Job Centre Plus and Inspira.
Job coaches and training providers will also be on hand to help match job seekers with the best roles to suit them, and there will be an informal networking area where people can talk one-to-one about the job vacancies on offer on the day.
The event is part of Cumbria Tourism’s #theperfectplacetowork recruitment campaign which is helping to reshape perceptions about what it means to work in the tourism industry.
Cumbria Tourism’s Head of Partnerships & Projects, Rachel Tyson, says, “With the end of furlough looming, we know some people may need some extra guidance and support about their future career path, so this jobs fair is a great opportunity to get expert advice and speak to potential employers direct.
“There will be plenty of opportunities for applicants to put themselves forward for specific jobs on the day, so it’s something job seekers really can’t afford to miss.”
Meanwhile, Operations Manager at The Inn Collection Group, Dan Evans, says: “People often associate hospitality with long hours and poor rates of pay, but we’re keen to advocate hospitality as a great career choice and one that can be as flexible and individual as you with amazing progression opportunities and lots of friends and family perks and bonuses, too!
“As well as full and part time roles, we have some brilliant opportunities for apprentices and access to our award-winning training programmes.”
Jobseekers can sign up for the Jobs Fair in advance at: www.visitlakedistrict.com/jobs