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Career Event Success at Magna

posted 13 Dec 2017, 07:43 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 Dec 2017, 07:43 ]
Hundreds of students and job seekers attended the recent Local Employment Advisory Forum (LEAF) event at the Magna Science Adventure Centre to meet with local businesses and training providers and find out about employment and training opportunities in the borough.

The event, which is in its fifth year, provided a platform for more than 60 exhibitors to offer insight into different career options, including the Carlton Park Hotel, Debt Managers and Rotherham NHS. 

Hundreds of live vacancies were available on the day and advice was provided on how to gain the skills needed by employers, as well as help with writing CVs.

Jack Norman, 17, visited LEAF in 2016 and now has an apprenticeship with Mears. Jack was recently awarded the RMBC and Mears Young Apprentice of the Year 2017. He was on hand at the event to offer practical advice to potential apprentices.

He said: “The event was a great way to learn about career options and led to me applying and being offered an apprenticeship with Mears. Without attending last year I would not have known about it, so I really appreciate the opportunities it brought.”

The morning session was dedicated to students from local schools, while the afternoon focused on jobseekers, especially older students and the general public looking for career opportunities.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “Feedback from exhibitors and visitors was very positive, and it was fantastic to see so many people coming to speak to potential employers and training providers. One visitor commented on how beneficial the event was and how it had led to six points of contact to follow up on.”

Mears Rotherham General Manager Andy Chambers said: “We were delighted to be able to once again host the LEAF event along with our partners in Rotherham. We have always supported local employment initiatives and set up the Local Employment Advisory Forum to enable local people to find out more about improving their skills and offering information to help them succeed in their training and employment goals.”

The event was sponsored by Mears and Rotherham Council, delivered in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, with event patrons; Phoenix Enterprises, University Centre Rotherham and Barnsley College.