The Big Event
1 February 2012
Thousands of jobs will be available at a
unique event to help the region’s young people find work.
The Big Event is a one of a kind recruitment
fair organised by the Liverpool City Region’s six local authorities
to tackle rising youth unemployment. It will bring together
hundreds of employers for one day only, to promote their current
In April 2011 the Liverpool City Region’s
business-led Employment and Skills Board called for a concerted
effort by businesses in the region to create 10,000 apprenticeships
for young people. The Big Event represents a big push by local
authorities and local businesses to meet this ambitious target.
More than 220 companies will have thousands of
jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities, in construction,
hospitality, retail and more, available for 16-24 year olds who are
looking for work.
Experienced advisors will be on hand to help
with application forms, CV writing, plus other support and guidance
and job seekers will get hands on experience with a number of
taster sessions, workshops and demonstrations.
Cllr Joe Anderson, Leader of Liverpool City
Council said: “As youth unemployment reaches a record high and the
number of young people out of work has increased, it is vital that
the Liverpool City Region works in partnership to support young
people to maximise the job opportunities available to them.
“Local authorities in the Liverpool City
Region are committed to reducing youth unemployment which is why
this event has been organised. Getting employers and young people
together in the one place at the one time is a great way to tackle
“Partnership working is key to making this
event a success for both employers and young people across the city
Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council and
Lead for Employment and Skills in the City Region, said: “We hear
so much in the news about unemployed young people and how difficult
it can be for them to find work. This event is a great opportunity
for them to come along and meet employers, find out more about the
job vacancies available and express an interest in those
“We know that businesses value young people as
they can make an important contribution to companies. For
employers, this event will simplify their recruitment process and
give them the chance to meet thousands of potential candidates in
just one day.
“We’re confident that the event will be a
success and as a result, many job offers will be made in the coming
The Big Event will take place on Tuesday 7
February at Liverpool Echo Arena, 10am– 6pm. Young people
interested need to contact their local Connexions Centre or Job
Centre Plus to secure an invite.
The Big Event is supported by the European
Social Fund and a number of key partner organisations which include
Jobcentre Plus, Connexions, National Apprenticeship Service,
Greater Merseyside Learning Provider Federation, MerseyTravel plus