Scarborough job fair draws record number of businesses

A record number of employers has come out to support Scarborough’s ninth job fair.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 2:50 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 3:05 pm

This year’s event, held yesterday at The Grand Hotel, was attended by 45 local companies and hundreds of job hunters.

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Bron Dixon, recruitment manager at Scarborough Job Centre, said: “[The fair] is giving employers an opportunity to meet people face to face and put a face to the CV and for a candidate, it’s an opportunity to talk to those employers and be less intimidated by the big brands.”

The ninth job fair at The Grand Hotel.

Over the years, organisers say the event has grown and grown and nearly half of the employers who attended the event are now disability confident, meaning they have been recognised by Department for Work and Pensions for their efforts to recruit, retain and train disabled people.

For the first time this year, organisers have also tried to be more environment-friendly, encouraging companies to reduce waste and single use plastics.

Mrs Dixon added: “With Aspire-igen we felt we were in a position to influence exhibitors to try and make a small change to improve the beautiful East Coast and the labour market.

“We’ve not used plastic cups this year, we’ve asked [employers] to bring reusable mugs and give out something that’s got a secondary use like a pen or cake.

“It’s a small step but that’s something we felt we wanted to try and do for the area.”

The job fair will be back next year for its 10th anniversary.