Friday 6th September 2013

I’m pleased to say that over six-hundred constituents attended the first of what I hope to be many Amber Valley Jobs Fair today. Sixty constituents were lucky enough to be employed today at the fair itself, and I know that many more have been given interviews for jobs and opportunities for further training and apprenticeships.

This event was a fantastic success due to all the help we had from the many exhibitors, a full list of which is here, but also from the great sponsors of the event, including trent barton, the Leaf and Loaf in Codnor, Amber Valley Borough Council, Drive Like a Rockstar and DC Leisure.

October 16th 2013

I know from the feedback that I’ve had from local businesses that the fair was a success. Just a few examples include fourteen new members of staff at the Co-Operative Group, three at GI Group in Ripley, three at the Derbyshire Hotel, seven at Vaillant, and dozens at Thorntons.

I’ve heard of many success stories from the event, including one constituent who had been out of work for fourteen years with the exception of one month’s placement. He is one of dozens of the new Thorntons recruits.

One particular success story is that of Nikki Dunbar. I first heard about Nikki in the Ripley & Heanor News, in which I read of her struggle in getting a job despite being a talented graduate with a first-class degree in Events Management. I took her on to help me organise the Jobs Fair so that she could gain that extra vital bit of experience that she needed to help launch her career. As a result of her work, she was one of a few new starters at HL Plastics at Denby, and now works as their Graphic Design and Marketing Co-Ordinator.

I intend to hold a repeat of the event next year, and look forward to building on this great success.