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Hundreds of vacancies on offer at Ulverston job fair

EMPLOYERS in south Cumbria had a positive message for jobseekers at this week’s jobs fair in Ulverston.

BUSY The jobs fair in Ulverston was opened by Community Partnership, Business and Enterprise Group chairman Norman Bishop-Rowe (right) with the mayor, Councillor Judy Pickthall (left); deputy mayor, Councillor Helen Irving; and Shaun Hannaway of Siemens Sub Sea business JON GRANGER REF: 50053430B000

More than 400 people of all ages from Barrow, Millom and Ulverston crowded the stalls in the Coronation Hall to talk to representatives from local and national businesses.

Fiona Priestly, employer adviser at Barrow Jobcentre said the event showed the job market in Furness is in good health: “It has been steady for a while but now we have some large companies coming in and it’s nice to see big recruitment.

“There’s a real mix of training and employment on offer today so there’s definitely something for everyone.”

“If people think there’s nothing for them then they’re not looking hard enough.”

Richard Rose-Coulthard of Whitbread, who is spearheading the recruitment of 77 employees for a new Premier Inn in Barrow, said: “We’ve got a ton of vacancies and a massive recruitment programme.”

“Events like this are important so we can really get to know the community because we’re new to the area.”

Mr Rose-Coulthard said that his company will be investing thousands of pounds in the region.

New recruits will receive training at Furness College before starting work full time at the new hotel and restaurant complex set to open in February.

Bea Bowes, of Twilight Years, a company which provides home healthcare for elderly people, said they were keen to recruit new workers in one of the area’s fastest growing sectors: “We’re specifically looking for people in the Ulverston and Dalton area where we have a growing number of clients.”

“We want people with the passion and willingness to work in the care sector.”

Among the dozens of other businesses advertising vacancies were Debenhams and Liberata as well as recruiters from Age UK and the army reserves.

Cumbria Police were also on the hunt for new special constables, a position which can lead to a full time job with the force.

Special Constable Debbie Ross, who is based in Ulverston, said: “We are always looking for new people.

“We do on the job training, working alongside and providing support to the regulars.”

“It’s something I’d always wanted to do.”

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