26 of 2k jobseekers got jobs out of fair

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Twenty-seven employers offered 550 jobs to 2,000 jobseekers at a fair in Londonderry in September but only 26 people have been recruited directly as a result.

Jobs Minister Dr Stephen Farry was asked about the job fair, which took place in the Millennium Forum, by DUP MLA Gary Middleton.

“The recent Job Fair in the Millennium Forum was a successful event attracting 27 employers, offering 550 jobs. Just over 2,000 jobseekers attended the event. To date, three employers have confirmed that they have recruited 26 jobseekers directly from the event. Further updates from employers are anticipated on completion of their recruitment process,” he said.

“A range of onsite workshops provided jobseekers with the opportunity to obtain information on potential careers with companies such as Convergys, Fujitsu and Debenhams. A Job Club, facilitated by the local Jobs and Benefits Office, offered advice and guidance on skills and techniques to improve an individual’s prospect of finding employment.

“Feedback gathered from both employers and clients indicates that the event was a success in meeting both the needs of employers, support/training organisations and those jobseekers who attended. Results from the exit survey confirm that 95 per cent of jobseekers found the Job Fair very beneficial,” said Dr Farry.