MORE than thirty employers have so far signed-up for a jobs fair.

The event – being hosted by MP Kris Hopkins, whose constituency covers parts of South Craven – will showcase employment opportunities and apprenticeship schemes.

It will take place at Central Hall, Alice Street, on Friday, February 20, and is aimed at job seekers of all ages, as well as people seeking a career change and students preparing to enter training or employment.

Mr Hopkins said that while he was pleased unemployment in the constituency - which includes Addingham, Silsden, Steeton and Eastburn - was continuing to fall, he wanted to do everything he could to ensure all available employment and training opportunities were being taken.

He added: "In the constituency, 534 more people are in work than at this time last year and youth unemployment has fallen by a third.

"Also, since 2010, more than 3,100 young people in Keighley and Ilkley have started an apprenticeship, giving them the chance to earn a salary and gain a qualification whilst picking up incredibly useful workplace skills and experience.

"But with many others neither in work nor training and with significant numbers of young people due to leave school or college later in the year, I want to ensure that all available opportunities are being taken up.

"The Keighley Jobs Fair will give local employers and jobseekers the chance to showcase themselves for mutual benefit.

"Current vacancies will be advertised on the day, alongside training programmes and apprenticeship schemes.

"Experts will be on hand to help jobseekers increase their chances of employment with, for example, tips on CV writing and interview technique.

"There will also be the opportunity for attendees to hear directly from companies on what they look for in potential employees.

"I believe it will prove to be an extremely useful venture and hope it will be very well attended."

The fair will run from 10am to 3pm.

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