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Working Denbighshire

Jobs Fair: 8th March


A Spring jobs fair will be held on Wednesday 8th of March at the Town Hall, Llangollen LL20 8PW (11am – 3pm).

This Job Fair is part of the Working Denbighshire Programme which is being delivered by the Council in partnership with Llangollen Town Council.

Working with local businesses and organisations, the Working Denbighshire programme is committed to supporting people who live in Denbighshire, with help to gain a place in education or training and help to get into work.

By holding this event, we hope that you can meet people who are interested in the type of work on offer and who have the skills and experience that you are seeking.  Such events are mutually beneficial.

Young Person enters a paid work placement on the Work Start Scheme

A self-referral was received from a young person from the South of Denbighshire. Participant A had completed her GSCEs in 2022 and did not want to return to education. She requested support to increase her experience and for support to find and apply for a suitable position in administration.

A face-to-face enrolment was scheduled at the participant’s closest library to her home. Participant A was NEET (Not in education, employment or training), economically inactive and living with her parents. Her barriers to employment were lack of experience and transport. She ideally wanted to work close to home so that she didn’t have to rely on her mum for lifts.

At her first appointment all the enrolment paperwork was completed, including her Work Star and an action plan of support was developed.

Her Action Plan and what was worked on together was as follows:

  • Review and update current CV
  • Support to apply for a Work Start Scheme position
  • Support with pre-screen and interview process

The team went through a job description for an admin assistant vacancy with the Council and discussed her transferable skills for the role. The Work Start Scheme application process was discussed and the valuable in-work support element from a placement officer. Participant A informed that she would like support to apply.

Another appointment was scheduled on Microsoft Teams a few days later to complete the application form. Her CV was also updated and emailed across to her.

Participant A was shortlisted for a pre-screen interview and the team helped her prepare for the interview which took place online via Microsoft Teams and the mentor attended the pre-screen interview with her, together with a Working Denbighshire placement officer. Participant A did very well in answering all questions and was invited back for a more formal interview with the recruiting manager. More preparation for the interview took place and Participant A was successful - she has subsequently started a 12-week paid placement with the Council, within walking distance of her home. She also has on-going in work support whilst on placement. This will increase her skills and provide valuable experience for her to move onto another suitable role when her placement finishes.

Participant A said: ‘My mentor was really supportive throughout the whole process and made sure I was fully prepared with all the information I needed about the pre-screening and the interview. She helped me with practice questions and how to answer questions correctly. I do not think I would have been successful without my mentor's support.’

Council’s Working Denbighshire Job Fair attracts largest ever attendance

Held at the 1891 Restaurant & Bar at the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, the Working Denbighshire Team hosted over 50 organisations and employers to meet and discuss career opportunities with Denbighshire residents last month.

The record-breaking event saw over 250 attendees pass through the doors and utilised both levels of the seaside restaurant and bar space.

A wide variety of employers exhibited at the fair, with both local and nationally recognised organisations in attendance such as Aldi, Qioptiq, Airbus, The Fire Service, The Army and many more, providing opportunities for individuals at all levels of experience.

The Working Denbighshire Team signed over 35 people up to their framework during the day and will now provide the candidates with full support after the event and until they find employment.

Rachael Sumner-Lewis, Employment Engagement Manager at Working Denbighshire said: “We are over the moon with both the attendance and feedback from the Job Fair. This was our best event to date, and we have surpassed all previous metrics. We had over 250 people through the doors, and over 50 exhibitors in attendance. Hosting the event in 1891 in Rhyl was a great decision, allowing us to increase capacity by over 50% as well as adding the convenience of onsite parking. Visitor feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with 98% of the attendees rating the event as excellent or good. The employer feedback we have received from the exhibitors was also extremely positive, with many stating they were confident of securing new talent as a result of attending. They also commented on the benefits of networking with so many business partners at the event. This was a great event, which greatly benefited the people of Rhyl, as well as the county as a whole. I would like to thank the whole Working Denbighshire team for their hard work and dedication which really helped to make this event both possible, and a brilliant success.”

Councillor Jason McLellan, Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Economic Growth & Tackling Deprivation said: “It is brilliant to see such a high attendance at the most recent job fair. They are held to help the people of Denbighshire thrive, and to provide employment opportunities and support to the whole county. The Working Denbighshire team have worked extremely hard to arrange this fair, and I thank them for making it such a great success.”

For more information, please visit the Working Denbighshire pages on our website.

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