South Yorkshire Employers invited to exhibit for free at virtual careers fair

13th April 2021

Last month, we joined forces with The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to host the West Yorkshire Virtual Careers Fair, which attracted over 800 ready-for-work candidates.

The event was organised to support people in the region who have found themselves recently out of work. Attendees were participants on our Job Entry: Targeted Support (WHP JETS) service, an extension to the Work and Health Programme which was set up in response to the Covid 19 pandemic and its economic impact in North East.

Due to the overwhelming success of the event, which has so far resulted in 97 people from West Yorkshire starting work, the opportunity to exhibit will now be extended to South Yorkshire employers and our WHP JETS participants. Employers looking to hire new talent are invited to display for free at this online event, which will be attended by local job-ready candidates looking to start work immediately.

The event – running on 21 April – is expected to host an array of local employers from across the South Yorkshire region, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease and the need to start hiring increasing.

Employers will be given their very own virtual stand and can speak directly to pre-matched candidates via instant message and video conferencing. Dedicated Employment Advisers from our service will be on hand to assist both employers and jobseekers throughout the day, ensuring that employers can fill their vacancies, and participants have access to opportunities to start working again.

Andy Scott from Inspired Payments exhibited at the first event. He said:

“This was my first virtual event and I have to say, the organisation and support both before and during were first class – the day itself was pacey and well attended with the chat function being super easy to navigate and trouble free. Sign me up for the next one.”

Safestyle UK attended the fair and booked interviews with 25 potential new hires.

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:

“With almost 100 jobseekers now in work following last month’s Virtual Careers Fair, I’m delighted employers in South Yorkshire will also have the chance to connect with potential employees in the local area.
“Our Plan for Jobs is delivering for people of all ages right across the country, and with around 300,000 people set to benefit from tailored support through our JETS programme, we’re giving people the skills and confidence needed to fuel their job search, take up new opportunities and get back into work.”

Nick Morgan, Regional Director for the JETS Service North East, said:

“This is just one of the many ways we are supporting local employers by offering talent solutions, whilst helping candidates get back into work. South Yorkshire employers attending the event can showcase their brand offering whilst simultaneously connecting with local, job-ready candidates.

“We have had over 30,000 referred participants and more than 3,900 job entries since we launched the service in October, and we’re hoping to help many more people back into meaningful employment with the service.”

WHP JETS in the North East is commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions and part-funded by the European Social Fund.

If you are South Yorkshire employer who would like to present at this free event, please contact Julie Halliday at julie.halliday@reed.com or register online.