Jobs fair hailed a “fantastic” success

A new jobs fair was hailed a “fantastic” success by an MP.

There were 500 jobs up for grabs at the inaugural South Denbighshire Jobs Fair at Denbigh Town Hall.

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured: Organisers, Pupils from St Brigid's, Stall Holders etc...

It was attended by hundreds of teenagers who were able to find information on future careers.

Major employers there included the main sponsor, Pendine Park care organisation, and Ruthin-based civil engineering company Jones Bros.

The event featured career advice from seasoned professionals for young people between 14 and 18 and job advertisements in the afternoon for people aged 16 and above.

Students from Denbigh High School, St. Brigid’s School and the Denbigh Campus of Coleg Llandrillo, attended the fair, which was the brainchild of Mark Young, proprietor of Denbigh Chocolate Shop.

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured:  Mark Young, Organiser with pupils from St Brigid's School, Denbigh.

Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane was there to show his support, as was the High Sheriff of Clwyd David Meredith Jones.

Mr Ruane said: “I take my hat off to Mark Young and to Mario Kreft for organising this. It’s a fantastic event which we hope to replicate in other areas – possibly in Rhyl.

“It just goes show what the local people, local businesses and schools can do when they come together.

“I’ve talked to stallholders here that have attended jobs fairs across North Wales and they’ve said they don’t even compare to this.

“The stalls here today are offering 500 jobs. There are 1,600 people unemployed in Denbighshire, and if we get those jobs to the people unemployed in Denbighshire then we’ll reduce unemployment by a third.”

Mark Young was delighted with how the event went.

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured:  Mark Young, Organiser.

He said: “It’s fantastic and it shows what people can achieve when they pull together. A lot of people have got behind this including Mario Kreft from Pendine Park, Chris Ruane, and David Meredith Jones.

“There are around 25 companies and organisations offering over 500 jobs.

“It’s good for the community, good for business and hopefully a lot of young people will get jobs at the end of it.”

Mario Kreft MBE, the proprietor of the award-winning Pendine Park care organisation which employs more than 600 people, thinks the event was a resounding success.

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured: Ladies from Pendine Park. Natasha Shone (Health and Social Care Diploma Assessor), Emma Roberts (Admin for Teaching Care Centre) and Joyce Williams (Health and Social Care Staff Trainer).

Mr Kreft, who lives in Denbigh, said: “I think it’s excellent to encourage young people to start thinking at the earliest age about the sort of career they’re looking for.

“I think events like today will give young people a real opportunity to consider their options and obviously we hope that one of those options will be to work in the community within social care.

“It’s great to see so many people here. It’s first class and Pendine Park care organisation is delighted to be able to support it.”

Denbigh High School student Jess Jefferson, 13, thinks the fair has been very helpful.

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured: Paul Hughes, Careers Advisor from The Army with pupils from Denbigh High School. Yr8 Honor Sparrow and Jessica Jefferson.

“This event is cool because it helps people with what they want to do after they leave school. I’m not sure what I want to do in the future but this jobs fair has given me a few ideas. I’ve been looking at information from the Army recruitment stall because I’m in Cadets, Denbigh Platoon.

Fellow Denbigh Hugh pupil Magi Davies, 13, added: “I think the jobs fair has been very helpful because I want to be a police officer and I found out a lot about it. There are college courses that I can take and there’s loads of help around. It’s good to think about these things early.”

The sentiment was echoed by their Head Teacher Mr Simeon Molloy.

He said: “I think it’s an excellent event for the students that are making their option choices and it gives them an idea of what the job market is. This is a great opportunity for them to get a taste of what the real world is like, and speak to people who may well be their future employers.”

Recruitment consultant for North Wales-based recruitment agency Victoria Hindmarch, said: “I think it’s a great set up and I think Mark Young’s idea of putting this careers fair together is a great way of not only seeing the young talent that’s coming through but also showing how business and a recruitment agency like ours can collaborate in the future.”

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured: Victoria Hindmarch, Recruitment Consultant from Nation Recruit chats to pupils from Denbigh High School

Mary Tetley, chief executive of the scuba diving organisation the British Sub-aqua Club, who had a stall at the event, added: “When I was at school my careers advice wasn’t very good really and I’ve just been very lucky that I found the right career.

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured: Pupils from St Brigid's School, Paige Johnson, Megan Staveley and Lois Ward, all yr10 with Mary Tetley from Bsac.

“This fair is a way we can advise young people of what to do, and give them some food for thought.

“Hopefully while we’re here we’ll recruit, and we’re happy to take on people for work experience as well which is something that I really want to promote.”

Niamh Whitehead, the HR Manager at Jones Bros, said: “The jobs fair is a fantastic opportunity for young people to see what careers they can work towards.

Denbigh Town Hall. First day of Job Fair. Pictured: Niamh Whitehead, HR Manager from Jones Bros

“We’re on the lookout for everything from young people who are looking to get on to an apprenticeship scheme to graduates who are looking for a career in civil engineering. There are great opportunities available for young people with Jones Bros.”

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