Eager jobseekers descended on the Stadium of Light today, with hundreds of posts up for grabs.
The Job Show North East has attracted recruiters from businesses and organisations across the region, with more than 1,000 jobs and apprenticeships on offer.
A dedicated apprenticeship Centre, supported by MAKE it Sunderland, is offering a range of Training and Apprenticeship opportunities for young people, as well as adult education to help older people looking to get back into work, and CV advice sessions are running throughout the day.
Deputy city council leader Coun Harry Trueman and Mayor of Sunderland Coun Alan Emerson performed the opening honours.
Vacancies on offer include: inbound/outbound call advisors, team leaders, customer service advisors, couriers, retail, and customer cervices, while apprenticeships are available in a range of careers from IT and customer service to construction
Exhibitors include: Barclays, Make it Sunderland, Hermes, Go North East, Fusion, City Hospitals, Auxillis, Provident Financial Group, Barnardos, Job Centre Plus and National Careers Service.
We had about 1,000 pre-register to say they were coming and we’ve got just over 1,000 jobs on offer, so it would be fantastic if all those people managed to secure a job today.Caroline Connaughton
JobShow managing director Caroline Connaughton said: “We had about 1,000 pre-register to say they were coming and we’ve got just over 1,000 jobs on offer, so it would be fantastic if all those people managed to secure a job today.
“We are just delighted to be here and the Sunderland people are fantastic. All these companies have supported us and people want to work.”
The choice of location had been deliberate: “We always use football clubs for these events,” said Caroline.
“They are desirable venues, they have lots of free parking and everybody knows where their local football club is.”
Today’s event is sponsored by Barclays. Mel Donoghue is site president of the company’s Doxford centre: “We do a lot of work with the City of Sunderland, so we are delighted to support this,” she said.
“We employ 1,700 people in Sunderland. We have recruited 200 people this year and we are continuing to recruit.”
Hannah Haley, 22, had come from Pennywell to today’s event. She is looking for a new job after being made redundant from her previous post with a care company four weeks ago.
“It has been very worthwhile,” she said.
“I’ve had a look at all of the roles on offer and got a lot of information from the companies that are looking to recruit people.”
Jonathan Forbister, 27, from Castletown, had taken advantage of the help available with his CV.
“I am just looking for a job - I haven’t got anything particular in mind,” he said.