A major jobs fair to help unemployed people get the skills and advice they need to find work is to be hosted by Blackpool Football Club.
The second Blackpool Works event, organised by Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, will take place on Friday, September 12.
It follows on from last year’s event, when more than 260 people attended, and runs from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
He said exhibitors were confirming thick and fast from a range of sectors, including the armed forces, the construction industry and the world of media.
The fair will also have representatives from a number of advice services including Blackpool Connections, UR Potential and Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Council for Voluntary Services.
Mr Marsden’s announcement of his 2014 “Blackpool Works” initiative comes on the back of this week’s unemployment figures, which showed a fall in numbers claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance locally from 2,541 to 2,336 – but that improvement slowed down from the last month’s figures.
He said: “Though unemployment in Blackpool South has fallen again, the rate is beginning to tail off, suggesting progress locally is not secure.
“That specifically applies to our young people in Blackpool South, too – while overall unemployment measured by JSA here at 6.2 per cent is still twice the national average.
“That’s sad to see because, from meeting many people across the town, I know we have a lot of talented people, through no fault of their own, struggling to find work or don’t have the skills required.
“And that means we need a continued push locally to help them find the right jobs or present themselves well in their CVs or at job interviews.
“This is the reason why I am doing a second Blackpool Works and I am delighted that we have such a wide range of organisations attending. Last year’s event was a big success and I want this to be even more successful.
“I’ve been really pleased by the support from local people and organisations from across Blackpool and also the North West.
“It’s really important that we come together to help tackle this issue.
“I would like to thank Blackpool Football Club for once again allowing us to host the event at Bloomfield Road stadium.”
Gareth Carr, employer and partnership manager at Blackpool Jobcentre Plus, said: “Blackpool Works is a fantastic opportunity for those seeking work to look at what jobs are out there but also a chance to impress potential employers.
“As Blackpool residents we want to help give local unemployed people the right tools and practical advice so they succeed in their job search.”
As well as the exhibitors on show, Blackpool and Fylde College will also be putting on a number of advice classes on CV skills and interview techniques.
To register for the free CV writing and interview technique classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01253) 344143.