Retail giants give Job Fair a boostBy David Millward
March 07, 2012
Tesco and John Lewis will be among the companies represented at the third Reading Job Fair next month.
Reading East MP Rob Wilson is spearheading the event in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Reading UK Community Interest Company.
More than 1,000 jobs will be on offer at the fair, which will take place at the pentahotel in the town centre on April 26.
Representatives from the two stores were among those who joined Mr Wilson to launch the event on Friday.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Wilson said: “Preparations for this April’s Job Fair are off to a flying start with several big-name companies already on board and many others in the pipeline.
“Today we have pleasure in announcing the support of Tesco, John Lewis, Broad Street Mall and the pentahotel – all well-known organisations and all with jobs on offer.”
He added: “Reading has weathered the economic storm fairly well to date, but we cannot rest on our laurels and must take every opportunity to keep Reading growing.”
Supermarket giant Tesco, which has 13 stores in Reading, announced this week that it intends to create 20,000 new jobs in the United Kingdom over the next two years.
The company is also building a massive distribution centre on the site of the old Courage brewery, in Worton Grange, South Reading, which will create 1,000 jobs for drivers, mechanics, warehouse staff, maintenance workers and management.
Simon Petar, regional corporate affairs manager for Tesco, said: “Tesco is delighted to be supporting and attending the Reading Jobs Fair once again.
“Tesco is one of the largest private employers in Reading and our involvement is a sign of our commitment to the town.
“The Jobs Fair is an excellent opportunity for those in Reading wishing to work for Tesco to come down and give us their details and learn about the many different career opportunities available.”
Mr Wilson staged his first jobs fair in Reading Town Hall in April last year, with big-name employers present including British Gas, Microsoft, First Great Western and the Armed Forces.
The success of the event led to a second job fair in September last year and now the third event on Thursday, April 26.
Visitors will also be able to attend a selection of workshops on career opportunities, including HGV driving and care, which are sectors with a shortage of qualified candidates.
All the up-to-date information about the event will be available by following Reading Job Fair on Twitter and Facebook.