Hundreds of firms to take part in major jobs fair in Dundee

A previous employment fair
A previous employment fair

Jobseekers of all ages are being encouraged to attend an employment fair in Dundee.

A previous employment fair
Lynne Short

Run by the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, the event is open to anyone who is interested in finding a job, changing career, starting a business or adding to their skills and qualifications.

Hundreds of companies will be in attendance on September 27 to talk about current job vacancies, apprenticeships and opportunities.

As well as the chamber of commerce, Jobcentre Plus and Dundee City Council are partner agencies helping to run the event.

Lynne Short, the council’s convener of city development, said while there is always a drive to help younger people into employment, targeting older men to help is a focus of the council’s too, to help them into new roles.

She said: “Obviously there will be a large representation from construction firms, with the building work that’s ongoing throughout the city. I think because the V&A is finished, people forget there are schools, houses and other major construction projects ongoing.”

Ms Short also cited the opening of new hotels across the city as a key route for people to find new employment.

She said: “The hospitality sector is a major part of the Dundee economy.

“I think people forget that it’s not just a stop-gap but a career opportunity as well and can often lead to bigger things.

“We are always looking at helping our 18-24-year-old demographic but what I would like to see is older men encouraged to attend.

“We have a population of men aged 45 to 65 who have the potential to get involved in a new role, or train to be something else.

“I think men are perhaps less inclined than women to retrain, as women are more likely to have a career break through pregnancy.

“We will be linking up with the job clubs around the city that the council runs, and bussing people into the fair.

“I’m on my fourth career now as a councillor, so people should always realise it’s never too late to try something new.”

The fair will run from noon-5pm and is free.