Hundreds visit first jobs fair in Girvan

Leigh-Anne McMail of the Scottish Ambulance Service, Susan Ward of Jobcentre Plus, Dermott Fullerton of A Squadron SNIY and Cherlene O' Donnell, employability and skills team, South Ayrshire Council.
Leigh-Anne McMail of the Scottish Ambulance Service, Susan Ward of Jobcentre Plus, Dermott Fullerton of A Squadron SNIY and Cherlene O' Donnell, employability and skills team, South Ayrshire Council.

In the first event of its kind ever hosted in Girvan local Jobcentreplus staff held a successful jobs fair last week.

Hundreds of local people turned up and were able to gain advice from employers, support groups and training providers. The event was supported by Jobcentreplus and South Ayrshire Council and included partnership organisations such as Skills Development Scotland, CEIS, Street League and Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire Colleges.

The Z1 Youth Trust, RNLI, Stepping Stones for Families, Seascape and Turning Point Scotland were amongst the charitable organisations present, offering support and advice on employability and training. The employers who attended the event had variety of vacancies to offer in many sectors such as hospitality, retail and rail logistics. These included McCulloch Rail, Craigie Mains Garden Centre, Trump Turnberry, South Ayrshire Council, and Guardian.

Also on hand to discuss their vacancies were the Scottish Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service and The Scottish & Northern Irish Yeomanry. Support for attendees included help with applications as well as advice on CVs and promotion of courses within the Carrick Buildings.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the vacancies that are currently available they can contact margaret.morrison1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or telephone the Jobcentre on 01465 829004.

The event took place on Wednesday 29th March from 10am-12.30pm at Carrick Buildings, Girvan.

A department for Work and Pensions spokeswoman said: “This was an excellent opportunity for people looking for work to meet a wide range of industry sector employers, training providers and partner organisations who will be recruiting for current and future job vacancies and Modern Apprenticeships in addition to training opportunities and employability support.”

Scottish Chambers of Commerce chief executive Liz Cameron said: “The latest set of unemployment figures for Scotland is very encouraging and show that our unemployment rate has fallen back towards parity with the UK. With employment growing and unemployment falling, our governments north and south of the border urgently need to plan for how businesses’ future skills needs will be met.”