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07 October 2019

A real buzz at this year's EmployAbility Jobs Fair

One lady said the event had given her the confidence to know that despite her disability she could still find work and has spurred her on to look for a job. To hear that is incredibly gratifying and exactly the reason why we created the fair

Cllr Allison Bucknell, chair of the Equalities and Diversity Steering Group

The third EmployAbility Jobs Fair run by Wiltshire Council in partnership with Jobcentre Plus took place at County Hall last week and proved to be another big success.

The event was on Tuesday 1 October and supported jobseekers with disabilities by putting them in touch with local employers and with support services who can offer advice.

Cllr Allison Bucknell, chair of the Equalities and Diversity Steering Group said "This was the biggest and the best event yet. There was a really positive buzz and around 200 people came to talk to employers and organisations about the opportunities available for people with a disability seeking work.

"One lady said the event had given her the confidence to know that despite her disability she could still find work and has spurred her on to look for a job. To hear that is incredibly gratifying and exactly the reason why we created the fair."

Around 30 local employers and support services attended the event, including McDonalds, Wiltshire Police, National Trust, and Longleat, Nutricia, Octavian the Job Centre and Wiltshire Council. 

The national careers service provider Adviza were kept busy all day with a queue of people wanting help and advice on preparing their CV.

Mandie Ball, Wiltshire Police Positive Action Resources Team said "We engaged with lots of interesting people of all ages, many of which could become candidates to work for us"

Clair Beaty-Pownell, Fairfield Farm College and Hope Nature Centre said, "The event was very well attended and this year we saw a lot more people with anxiety and mental health disabilities."

Maurice Menghini, Job Centre said "The turnout was great, and the feedback from exhibitors and visitors has been very positive. The employers present said they had a good level of interest in their vacancies."

For further details please contact Employabilityfair@wiltshire.gov.uk

Last updated: 7 October 2019 | Last reviewed: 7 October 2019

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