The North Birmingham Economic Recovery: Jobs and Skills Fair will showcase opportunities from some of the region’s biggest employers.

The event, live on Zoom on June 17th will feature representatives from HS2, Commonwealth Games, IM Properties and South & City College Birmingham.

Presentations from these organisations will give local job seekers the chance to hear about current employment vacancies, recruitment and training schemes while small and medium size enterprises can learn about opportunities for business development and growth.

Starting at 10.30am, the Fair will be delivered into two sessions. The first will showcase employment opportunities while the second will invite participants to join breakout rooms where they can talk directly to the featured organisations as well as employment coaches.

Afzal Hussain, Chief Officer at Witton Lodge Community Association, which facilitates the North Birmingham Economic Recovery Task force, said: “ This unique partnership is creating jobs, procurement and skills opportunities and connecting these to local communities and businesses in North Birmingham. As we emerge from the pandemic, it is essential that we reinvigorate the local economy and the Jobs Fair is one practical response that will aid job recovery locally.”

The Fair will also feature the official launch of the Business, Employment Support and Training - BEST web portal. Afzal added “The portal has been designed to give residents direct access to task force partner employment, business and training opportunities. Support will be available for those requiring help to access or apply for opportunities.”

Erdington MP Jack Dromey said: “The North Birmingham Economic Recovery Plan will be vital if our community is to bounce back from the challenges of Covid. Unemployment was already high before the pandemic, now it stands at double the national average.

“It is clear that action is needed, and this plan will bring a range of organisations together to support those who are seeking work to learn new skills and to find sustainable employment. We have a range of fantastic local organisations that are rooted in the local community, by working together I know we can tackle the scourge of unemployment and provide renewed opportunities for people across North Birmingham.”

The Jobs and Skills fair takes place on Zoom from 10.30 am to 12 noon on Thursday, June 17th. People can join the event by simply entering the link: http://bit.ly/jobsfairnber

For more information about the Jobs Fair please call Jobeda on 0121 382 1930 or email: [email protected]

The North Birmingham Economic Recovery Task Force partners are:

  • Aston Villa Foundation
  • Birmingham City Council
  • BMet College
  • Commonwealth Games 2022
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership
  • HS2
  • IM Properties
  • South & City College Birmingham
  • West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Witton Lodge Community Association