400 jobs on offer at Sunderland recruitment fair

Potential recruits for contact centre jobs held at an event at Sunderland Museum on Wednesday.
Potential recruits for contact centre jobs held at an event at Sunderland Museum on Wednesday.
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JOB hunters can call on the chance to take up one of more than 400 jobs up for grabs by some of the city’s biggest businesses.

Representatives from contact centres including Barclays, npower, 2Touch, and UK Asset Resolution Limited will all be on hand to meet prospective employees tomorrow.

The companies are looking for people over 16 years old, with good spoken English who will enjoy the buzz of getting across the firms’ messages about its services and products, as well as making sales.

Visitors to the jobs fair will be able to meet staff from the companies to find out more about what roles are available and if what they can offer can bring something to the post.

Sunderland College, Jobcentre Plus and training provider Contact Centre Professional will also be on hand to offer help and advice to those who need training in preparation for a career in the industry.

Last year’s event attracted hundreds of would-be workers.

Councillor Henry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “This is the 13th contact centre recruitment event we’ve organised, and each year it attracts talented local people who find work as customer service advisors and team managers at Sunderland’s superb contact centres.

“Last year, 750 people visited the event, and we hope anyone who is out of work or looking to change career comes along to find out what opportunities exist for them with some excellent employers.

“Sunderland remains one of the world’s leading locations for contact centre companies, and the robust performance of the Sunderland-based companies relies on having a talented, adaptable workforce.”

The contact centre industry has been hailed is one of the city’s biggest successes, employing around 10,000 people.

The offices generate more £150million a year for Sunderland’s economy and have continued to thrive despite the ups and downs of the economic cycle.

This year’s event will be held in the Sunderland Software Centre in Tavistock Place from 11am to 4pm on tomorrow.

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