Staff at Bolton job centre are set to move into spring with a series of “mini jobs fairs” aimed at helping people back into work.

The jobs fairs will focus on a range of sectors including the care sector, security jobs, apprenticeships and education or childcare jobs.

The Department for Work and Pensions says that between 50 and 60 people tend to come to each job fair with five to six employers joining them.

Partnership manager Jenny Stanton said: “Across our jobcentres, work coaches provide every jobseeker with tailored support, helping to build confidence and develop new skills. 

The Bolton News: The job fairs are organised by the DWPThe job fairs are organised by the DWP (Image: PA)

“As we move into Spring we’re reaching out to everyone looking to re-join the jobs market, no matter whether they’re single parents, young people, 50 Plus or have a health condition. 

“Our focus is working, as in Bolton the employment stats are looking positive.

“There’s just over 10,000 people on searching for work benefits, that’s down 875 on the year.

“There’s also 75 more young people in work, and 205 less 50 plus people claiming work related benefits.

“Increasing the labour force is key activity in order to help businesses fill their vacancies.

“To support this we are holding regular jobs fairs and work academies or boot camps.

“Meanwhile jobseekers can find their ideal job by searching our DWP ‘FindaJob’ website, which has thousands of jobs on offer.” 

Ms Stanton hoped that the series of jobs fairs and other programmes would help to build on this.

The department will also be running a series of sector work academy programmes in sectors including production, transport and logistics, sales and marketing, customer service, traffic management and healthcare.

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Minister for Employment Guy Opperman MP said: “We are always looking at new ways to support people, including changes we’ve made to Universal Credit such as cutting the taper rate, increasing work allowances and bringing hundreds of thousands more claimants into closer contact with work coaches to boost their long-term prospects.

“As we look to spring, our Labour Market remains resilient with Jobcentres providing tailored help for every jobseeker, including older people or those with health conditions.”  

More information about the job fairs will be available at Bolton Job Centre.