Almost 1,000 job seekers turned up to an employment fair organised by Erewash MP Jessica Lee this week with some being hired as a result.
Companies from Erewash as well as Derby and Nottingham based employers and the armed forces were all at the event which saw over 900 people through the doors of the Novotel, Long Eaton.
Ms Lee said: “I am delighted that so many people have come along.
“I have spoken to many people during the day who have either secured contacts with businesses looking to recruit, been offered an interview with firms or even, in some cases, offer of an actual job.
“This is excellent news and has convinced me that this may be the first but will not be the last jobs fair that I’ll organise in Erewash.
“People seem to think there aren’t any jobs on offer out there but today has proved that isn’t true.”
Companies and colleges at the event were advertising vacanices, apprenticehips and training courses with some firms interviewing candidates on the day.
Erewash firms such as TecQuipment, Derwent Analytics and Rayden Engineering all spoke with potential employers and firms including Rolls-Royce, Bombarbier and JD Wetherspoons advertised vacancies and training schemes.
One exhibitor, Ian Hopkinson, director of Ilkeston based chemical manufacturers, Derwent Analytics said: “The day was very useful for us.
“We’ ve already offered three jobs to three young people and we are interviewing others over the next two weeks.
“We hope to employ around six in total, all who made contact on the day.”
Other exhibitors at the event commented on the wide age range of people looking for work.
College leaver, Amber Thornley, 19, said: “I’m looking for anything really, bar work or retail.
“People say there’s no jobs out there but coming here today has proved that’s not the case.
“I’ve spoken to a few different companies today and got loads of information so hopefully I’ll find something.”
Jobseeker, Kevin Moore, from Ilkeston, was recently made redundant.
He said: “I’m struggling to find work even with my forklift qualifications.
“Everything I’ve seen today is agency or something different to what I’ve done before but it’s got me thinking.”