In review: Sheffield’s Working Jobs Fair on Tues 22 Feb at St Mary’s Church

On Tuesday 22 February, Opportunity Sheffield – the employment and skills service in Sheffield City Council – staged the first in a series of locality-based jobs fairs scheduled to take place in 2022.

St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, played host to the inaugural Sheffield’s Working Job Fair, organised in partnership with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP).

The event aimed to connect employers with jobseekers from central and southern-central parts of the city – including the Sharrow, Broomhall, Heeley wards and beyond.

Ten Sheffield employers attended the event, including large recruiters the NHS and Sky Sheffield, with Hallam 24 Healthcare, Humankind, Lotus Homecare, Cinderella, S4S Dental, Lynx Care and Choices Healthcare also attending to meet potential recruits.

Employers took the time to chat with jobseekers, explain their area of business and highlight the available and upcoming vacancies. Many of the attendees were invited to submit CVs, with several invited to interview on the back of an initial conversation.

A total of 209 jobseekers attended the fair, including referrals from the Department for Work & Pensions and Opportunity Sheffield’s ESF Pathways Programme.

Pathways to Success / Ambition project partners AALFY, Sharrow Community Forum, The Employers Forum and The Suit Works were on-hand to provide advice and guidance to jobseekers, and take expressions of interest for community-based keyworker support.

The next Sheffield’s Working Jobs Fair will take place in Gleadless Valley on Tuesday 12 April.

Opportunity Sheffield programmes are part-funded by the European Social Fund