Joanne Maloney, organiser of the free Let’s Work West jobs expo being held next week in Castlebar, is confident the expo will ‘empower, motivate and inspire’ jobseekers to find employment and up-skill.
Speaking to The Mayo News, Ms Maloney said: “We have companies and employers who are going to be there looking for employees on the day, so it will be a great opportunity. The companies are delighted because they will be able to meet and speak with a large number of jobseekers.”
Companies like Elvery’s Sports are looking to hire staff for trainee manager, assistant manager and store manager positions, while Homecare Medical Supplies will also be looking to hire staff in a range of positions.
The not-for-profit expo is almost completely booked out with stalls where exhibitors showcase job opportunities, vacancies and job ideas. There will also be free seminars on CV building, interview techniques and starting your own business. “We will also have motivational, positive and inspiration speeches from a range of successful and engaging business people,” Maloney added. The expo has sent out its final call for employers, recruiters, training institutes and life coaches who would like to take part.
“We’re trying to put people looking for work in touch with people who have jobs to offer,” Maloney explained.
“People say there are no jobs out there but there are great opportunities in the sales and IT sectors Somebody in the construction industry, like a plumber for example, might say there are no jobs, but some of them may not have looked to gain employment outside their own industry.” She acknowledged that the service industry is suffering, but asserted that there are many training initiatives that can help people in the interim.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has lent his support to the Let’s Work West expo and congratulated everyone involved for their ‘vision’ and ‘ingenuity’ in organising the event.
The Let’s Work West jobs expo runs from October 11 to 12 in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.letsworkwest.com.