Up to 70 recruiting employers will come face to face with over 1500 young people on 6th March at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange in a bid to Inform, Inspire and Hire their future workforce. It is anticipated that over 1,000 vacancies will be on show at the event making it the best place to find out about the opportunities available after leaving school and college.
At the event, young people will learn about the jobs of the future and the skills required to future proof their careers. They will also have the opportunity to get hints and tips on CVs and application forms through interactive workshops led by employers and tailored support from Skills Development Scotland.
When considering future careers it is important to know that between 2017 and 2027 it is estimated that there will be approximately 230,000 job openings in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian. 81.5% of these will be replacement jobs and 18.5% will be due to growth in the economy. Interestingly, almost 90,000 of these roles will be in Hospitality, Tourism, Retail and Distribution.
FUSE, a world class retail and hospitality academy, has been established to connect people to training courses, accredited qualifications, employers and jobs in both retail and hospitality within Edinburgh St James and across the city, and will join us at the event. Rochelle Burgess, Associate Director, Edinburgh St James states;
‘It is vital for us to connect with young people, parents and educators to showcase the variety of opportunities available through the development at Edinburgh St James and the wider City Centre. It is clear to us and the industry that we have some work to do on attracting talent to careers in retail and hospitality. The Jobs Roadshow provides us with the perfect opportunity to highlight the fantastic careers the sector has to offer’
While pupils can book through their schools, young people can also drop in on the day. However, the organisers – Developing the Young Workforce Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian (DYW) – know all too well the importance of involving parents in activities like this.
‘Parents and carers are one of the greatest influencers on young people’s career decision making’ states Michelle Fenwick, DYW Programme Director.
‘Research we carried out highlighted a mismatch in parental awareness of the options and the reality nowadays of what employers require and indeed what each option offers our young people. This is understandable as the employment and education landscape has changed considerably over the last generation.’
A social media campaign will be launched on the day to engage parents and carers who are unable to attend in getting a better understanding of new pathways and careers. Employers at the event will profile what their industry and company offers in terms of careers and the skills they are looking for in new recruits.
For more information please contact the DYW team on DYW@edinburghchamber.co.uk