Walsall Delivers the Black Country’s Largest Jobs Fair
In September, Walsall Council held its seventh large-scale jobs fair at the Walsall College Hub and again delivered an effective way of bringing local employers and people together. The Walsall Works Expo featured 80 employers and training providers offering jobs and apprenticeships to over a thousand local residents in attendance.
With employers such as Barhale, Balfour Beatty Vinci, HomeServe, Legal & General and Midcounties Co-operative exhibiting, there was a wide range of roles covering many potential career paths.
Exhibitor feedback was extremely positive and there was a strong indication that many of the vacancies and opportunities they had would be filled by the residents that attended the Expo. Quack Recruitment, who link with jobs at Boots stated that it was a “Great event, we enjoyed meeting lots of job seekers with an array of different experiences and backgrounds. We were impressed by the attitude and determination of the prospective job seekers”
The council’s Employment and Skills team have always looked at continual improvement and making sure that each Expo is able to deliver a positive experience for attendees and exhibitors. With this in mind, September’s event included ‘Access Hour’. This was a time slot allocated for residents with disabilities or leaning difficulties to meet exhibitors in a calmer and quieter environment that better suited their needs. Walsall Council’s Adults and Social Care team was present and were able to provide additional support for residents.
To showcase the real difference that the Expo can make to individual people, the ‘Walsall Works Wanderers’ initiative was introduced. This included six unemployed local residents ready for employment and looking for an opportunity. Each Wanderers was presented on stage to the exhibitors and talked about their skills, qualifications and experience along with the type of work they were interested in. Exhibitors were then invited to offer their opportunities to the Wanderers and these were then followed up by Employment Advisors. Five of the six Wanderers have now become ‘Walsall Works Wonders’ as they have able to progress into a sustainable career.
Michael Personne, an up and coming spoken word artist, opened the event with a bespoke performance delivering a key message as to why everyone was in the room and what was needed to support the residents who would be attending the event. Michael’s performance can be viewed via the following link https://youtu.be/wb0i3bQb_8o
The next Walsall Works Expo at the Walsall College Hub will take place on 11 March 2020 and employers are invited to attend so they can meet with enthusiastic local residents and promote their sector to a wide audience. To book your place, call Walsall Works on 01922 654353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org