A ONE-off event being run later this month could see up to 600 people find a new job.
The Journey Back to Work event features employers from the area which are looking to recruit, and will take place on Thursday, September 29 at Cascades Shopping Centre from 10am until 4.30pm.
It is being run jointly by Jobcentre Plus, Portsmouth City Council, Cascades, The News, A4E, CDG and Maximus and aims to help those who are not working or have been made redundant.
Mike Hancock, the council’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: ‘This event demonstrates a fantastic opportunity for the residents of Portsmouth.
‘Following the recent troubling unemployment figures it is great to see that employers are creating new jobs and those companies are willing to invest in the area.
‘Portsmouth is on the up and very much open for business.’
Employers recruiting at the event include The Marriott, Capita, Affinion, The Listening Company, Toys R Us, Handle with Care, the TA, Game, Primark, ASDA, TK Maxx, Tui and Morrisons.
There will also be people on hand from various organisations to provide jobseekers with information on gaining new skills, building confidence and overcoming financial barriers.
The Information Advice and Guidance Centre on Arundel Street will provide support to people completing applications on the day. Before attending the event, people are encouraged to update their CV or take advantage of free job hunting advice.
Portsmouth City Council has also created three work and learning shops open one morning a week, giving people free internet access, help with developing their CVs and information on the local labour market.
Linda Taylor, the council’s employment initiatives manager said: ‘People looking for work should set aside time to surf the internet for jobs, upload their CVs to job recruitment websites, complete application forms and speak to contacts who can point them to jobs.’
To find out more about the workshops, and the Journey Back To Work event, contact Linda Taylor on 023 9284 1501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.