As well as delivering its own acclaimed initiatives to provide work and training opportunities for residents, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is also helping thousands more through its popular Jobs Fairs.
Some 1,100 people flocked to the latest RCT Jobs Fair, which was held at the Muni in Pontypridd on Tuesday, March 6.
The event continues to go from strength to strength, due to the sheer amount and range of opportunities on offer for residents of all ages.
Among those present were South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue, BT, Radis Care, Cwm Taf University Health Board, the Royal Navy, the Royal Mint, Welsh Government, Ensinger and more.
They were on hand to speak to visitors about their current job vacancies and training opportunities, as well as to give advice for those looking to secure employment or further training.
The Jobs Fair also offered practical support on how to draft your CV, interview and application techniques and tips on how to land your dream job.
The Jobs Fair, now in its third year, is organised by the Council's award-winning Education, Employment and Training Team which delivers a huge range of opportunities including:
- The Graduate Officer Scheme providing a two-year paid position for graduates, working across a range of Council services to develop leaders of the future.
- Apprenticeships. These are paid, two-year apprenticeships offering industry-recognised qualifications and on-the-spot training in a range of Council services - from web development and theatre technicians to highways engineers and planning officers.
- Step in the Right Direction - a bespoke opportunity for young care leavers, offering them a paid two-year work placement to help them towards independent living.
- Care2Work - practical support and experiences for children looked after to help them develop their future work skills and careers
- Creation of the largest database of approved, authorised work experience providers to ensure pupils and students get an authentic and appropriate taste of working life in sectors they are interested in.
Cllr Maureen Webber, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Council Business, said: "More and more people are coming to our jobs fair every year and the feedback we have from visitors is very positive.
"We wanted to find out from visitors how beneficial the Job Fair is to them and are pleased to say that 99 per cent of those we asked said they found it so useful, they would definitely attend future events.
"What is important about our events is that they are not simply a showcase of vacancies, they are a chance for people looking to seek employment or progress their career interests to meet with key people from large, local employers and find out about jobs, traineeships and more.
"They enable employers and those in the jobs market to meet and network so both sides benefit."
Posted on Tuesday 13th March 2018