FIFTY employers gathered at York Jobs Fair to offer new jobs and careers to hundreds of people. 

The event is usually held twice a year at York Railway Institute, which brings together employers and job seekers from York and the surrounding area.

Funded by City of York Council and organised in partnership with York Job Centre, it brings together employers, support agencies, education and training providers to share job opportunities, information and advice.

This year’s in-person event was the first since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic.

Cllr Keith Aspden, council leader, said: “The York Job Fairs are always hugely popular both with employers and prospective employees and I’m delighted at how much they’ve grown since 2012, when the first such event was organised in York.

“It was fantastic to see how many businesses were there to offer new opportunities, career changes and qualifications to residents, particularly after a difficult few years.”

Cllr Andrew Waller, executive member for economy and strategic planning, added:“Connecting people looking for work with those companies keen to fill vacancies is essential for the economic recovery. The council is working with partners to ensure that skills training is available for those people who need to get into new careers, and to get support while they are acquiring new qualifications.”

Cllr Darryl Smalley, executive member for culture, leisure and communities, said:“The York Jobs Fair is one of the many events organised by York Learning. The work carried out by the York Learning team plays a crucial part in supporting people into employment, improving skills and supporting personal development. I’d like to thank them for their continued efforts to ensure that York residents have the opportunity to secure well-paid jobs and further their careers.”