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Employed in 60 seconds! Careers fair is success for Lichfield jobseekers

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A Lichfield man went from unemployed to an exciting new career with just a few words after wowing recruiters from Fairway Homecare at social business Bromford’s first ever careers fair.

Andy ColeAndrew Cole, aged 24, attended the careers fair at Bromford’s Stowe Road office last week, with over 200 other job-seekers – more than double the amount of people expected. After spending just a few short minutes chatting to Jackie Coogan from Fairway about his past work experience, Andrew landed himself the job of a Community Carer.

Jackie, Recruitment Manager for Fairway Homecare in the West Midlands, Staffs and Warwickshire said: “On meeting Andrew and hearing about his healthcare background I realised he was an exceptional candidate with a wealth of experience and so we recruited him immediately as a community carer.”

Andrew said: “I used to work for a local care home but have been unemployed for five months. I have struggled to get back into a job but when I went to the event and spoke to Jackie, she said I was absolutely perfect and when could I start? I’m absolutely over the moon and look forward to starting next week. I’m really grateful to Lichfield job centre and Bromford for setting up the event.”

It wasn’t just the jobseekers that were excited about the opportunities from the day, with employers bowled over by the level of candidates they chatted to. PDM Training and Euro Car Parts had expressions of interest in 23 warehousing roles and Bromford continue to hear from employers about the phenomenal interest and standard of candidates.

Even local MP and Vice-Chair of the Conservative party Michael Fabricant thought the day was a success, tweeting:

Another employer, Tracey Pane of Kleeneze said: “We were impressed with the Job Fair. Bromford staff were incredibly efficient and made us feel very welcome. We met and spoke with lots of candidates who we will be calling this week to follow up on, hopefully leading to some success stories.”

In excess of 30 employers attended, all of them with a range of vacancies on offer.

The event was organised in partnership 
with Jobcentre Plus and the Lichfield Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Lichfield Jobcentre Plus and the National Careers Advice Service were also on hand to provide some top tips and solve any job-hunting problems. Local MP Michael Fabricant has been supporting the initiative, congratulating the organisers for running the event.

Michael Pritchard, Skills Manager at Bromford, said: “I am really proud of what everyone achieved with this event - it’s amazing that we’re already seeing some positive results and we look forward to giving more updates next week. It shows employers and partners how serious we are about the part we can play in tackling unemployment.”

Marilyn Castree, Chamber of Commerce said: “We are very keen to support Bromford to help those in the area into work.”

Elaine Jones from Jobcentre Plus said: “We value the strong relationship we have with Bromford and hope that together we can help even more people into work.”

About Fairway Homecare

Fairway Homecare are a forward thinking homecare company based in Sutton Coldfield and offers the homecare services of Care Assistants, Support Workers and Registered Nurses for Social Companionship, Personal Care, Respite Care and Palliative Care to the West Midlands area. Their service extends far beyond supplying staff and they arrange activities, accommodation, education as and when required for their service users. Working closely with their sister company Fairway Training they offer 100+ courses to their staff to enable quality care to their service users and career development to their staff.  Fairway Homecare and Fairway Training recently won at the Great British Care Awards for their innovative training scheme “My Care Portfolio” getting people back into work within the Health & Social Care sector.  Fairway are extremely committed to working with those disadvantaged or struggling to gain entry to the ranks of employment with their innovative training “My Care Portfolio” and recently launched “My Catering Portfolio”.

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