James has co-hosted his first ever ‘Virtual Jobs & Careers Fair’, alongside Dudley South MP Mike Wood, with hundreds of local people downloading the Careers Fair Plus app to search for new jobs and opportunities.
Both James and Mike usually hold their own in-person jobs fairs every year, but the restrictions of the Covid 19 pandemic meant that a new innovative, approach was needed this time round. Those signing up were able to have virtual on-the-day meetings with over thirty local employers and training providers, including the Army, the Royal Navy, West Midlands Police and Apprenticeship Works.
The economic challenges of Covid 19 pandemic mean that many people are seeking new employment or training opportunities, and James and Mike have thanked recruiters for helping to bring the opportunities they have an offer to their constituents.
“I want to thank everyone who took part in our Virtual Jobs Fair, even though this year’s format has been uniquely different we have still had the opportunity to connect many people up with employers and training providers. I hope we will get to see some successful outcomes over the coming weeks and months.”, said James.
“I also want to say a big thank you to our sponsors - Intu Merry Hill, Black Country Housing Group, Halesowen College and Sandwell College - for their help in making it happen”.
Mike added: “Both James and I usually hold large-scale in-person Jobs Fairs to help our constituents find new jobs and opportunities. This is something our constituents need now more than ever, but because of the risks posed by Covid-19, an in-person event just wasn’t possible this year.”