Support for job seekers across South East Wales
Organisations across south east Wales worked collaboratively to deliver a free online virtual job fair via Facebook on 16 September.
The aims of the virtual job fair were to:
- Enable customers to access live job vacancies and get support with their employability needs, including those on furlough, unemployed or at risk of redundancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Support employers in the region with their recruitment, including those struggling to fill vacancies.
- Highlight the training, further education (FE)/higher education (HE), apprenticeship/traineeships, adult learning and employment support opportunities.
The free event was hosted by Working Wales, which is delivered by Careers Wales, in partnership with Cardiff Capital Region – Skills Partnership and Job Centre Plus teams across south east Wales. Other parties included The National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), work-based learning providers, local authorities and FE and HE institutions.
Covering the areas of Newport, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, and Bridgend, event attendees had access to a wide variety of job vacancies from 24 organisations in various industries/sectors, including health and social care, retail, emergency services, construction and the creative sector.
There was also information on apprenticeships/traineeships/FE/HE as well as expert careers advice to support people in their job search. Attendees had the opportunity to ask the employers questions directly as well as accessing further support from Working Wales and other agencies during and immediately after the event.
The event attracted over 600 attendees and obtained a reach of over 22,000 people on Facebook.
Employers/organisations involved included Tesco, Asda, ITV Cymru & S4C, My Care My Home, Wales England Care Ltd, Q-Care, Royal Educare, Pineshield Health & Social Care Services, Torfaen Training, Calon Cymru Fostering, Bailey Care, Randstad Inhouse Services, Apollo Teaching Services, Supply Desk, Cardiff Capital Region Graduate Scheme, Business Wales, The Utility Warehouse, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), Faithful+Gould, Valley to Coast, Communities For Work and Communities For Work Plus – Caerphilly Council, Change Grow Live, Cardiff Council, Bridgend County Borough Council, South Wales Police, South Wales Fire & Rescue, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Educ8 Training, Y Prentis, Cambrian Training, ALS Training, ACT, National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW), The College Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and Vale College, University of South Wales.
Although the event has taken place anyone interested can still access the posts within the event using the links below. Select ‘going’ and ensure you are in the ‘discussion’ section to see all the posts.
Careers Wales chief executive, Nikki Lawrence said: “Although restrictions have been lifted across Wales, traditional face-to-face job fairs continue to be postponed or cancelled. Now, more than ever, job seekers and employers are relying on online support to find jobs and fill vacancies.
We are therefore delighted to be working with our partners in south east Wales to deliver this event. Our careers advice and guidance is a vital part of supporting the economy during this pandemic, and these online events allow us to effectively and safely continue reaching and supporting our customers during these challenging times.”
Working Wales is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund and was launched by the Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates in May 2019.
Available to anyone over the age of 16, Working Wales provides a one-to-one, tailored employability advice and guidance service, supporting people across Wales with job searching, CV writing, interview preparation, training and upskilling as well as with redundancy support.
For more information on Working Wales visit: www.workingwales.gov.wales or call 0800 028 4844.