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Workshops, CV help and career advice: Jobs and Skills Fair returns to tackle Bolton’s rising unemployment

By Craig Worswick

Bolton’s unemployed are set to benefit from the Jobs and Skills Fair, returning after a successful debut last year to help people find work.

The fair runs at Bolton College and will assist the 8,927 out of work in the town to find work, introduce them to various businesses in and teach them new employment skills.

It will see more than 60 employers attend and will offer around 100 jobs to the visitors, who will be able to attend workshops and classes.

Marie Gilluley, Principal of Bolton College, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming back the Jobs and Skills Fair to the college.

“Last year’s event was a great success with a huge 82 per cent of people saying it helped them to find a job.

Guests will be able to attend several courses with an emphasis on skills development.

The workshops, held by business experts, will teach people how to write CVs, apply for jobs and prepare for interviews – there is also a hands-on practical element attached to the fair as visitors will also be given the chance to do hairdressing, catering and construction.

Councillor John Byrne, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing and Skills, said: “Local and national businesses have yet again pulled out all the stops to create some great career opportunities for Bolton’s jobseekers.

“We would like to thank them and our partners who have worked together to make this event such a success in tackling unemployment in the area.”

The College is extending its invitation to local employers looking to fill vacancies to attend the Fair.

The free event, in partnership with Bolton’s Council and University, Bolton at Home and Job Centre Plus will be held at the college’s main campus on Deane Street between 10am and 3pm on Thursday September 20.

For more information regarding to Jobs and Skills Fair visit www.findyourfuture2012.co.uk.

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