Hundreds of roles on offer at job fair
ALMOST 100 jobs are up for grabs at two call centres.
Job seekers at The Sentinel Jobs Fair, held at the Victoria Hall, were quick to fill out applications for the roles at Autonet Insurance's Burslem office and Ageas's Trentham Lakes base.
Autonet, which sells insurance, is recruiting 60 members of staff over the next three months, while life insurance specialist Ageas is looking for another 19 workers this month alone and will continue to recruit throughout the year.
Vicky Greaves, recruitment officer at Autonet, said: "Between January and March we are recruiting another 60 roles.
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"They are all full-time, permanent roles within the call centre, from customer services to sales advisers.
"There are also some more bespoke roles, such as payroll supervisors, performance manager or analysts, looking at the business strategy.
"We will also be looking for permanent part-time staff, working evenings and weekends."
Autonet, which was founded in 1998, has seen its workforce expand more than tenfold in the past eight years and now employs in excess of 600 people.
Recruitment officer Hayley Degg, of Ageas, which currently employs around 500 people, said: "We are recruiting regularly at the moment. We have got 19 positions for February, then every four weeks we are recruiting more. We have got 12 new workers starting on Monday.
"It's call centre-based work. We don't look for any experience. It's customer service, so we want people who are enthusiastic and confident.
"Full training is provided on a six-week course."
Alton Towers were well represented at the jobs fair, with a huge recruitment drive launched to sign up 1,200 workers.
There were also a number of opportunities in caring professions.
Training and recruitment co-ordinator Dawn Portie, of Nurse+, said: "We are a nursing agency, we are looking for qualified nurses and carers for hospitals, care homes, prisons and day care."
Angie Ball, who manages the Nurse+ Newcastle branch, added: "The number of agencies we supply to is growing, so we are always looking to recruit."
Richard Jones, aged 32, of Stoke, was one of those at the fair who was on the look out for a job.
He said: "I was a plumber for 10 years, but I got laid off in 2009 and I haven't been able to find work since, because I haven't got the qualifications."
Claire Gordon, assistant director of Skills For Employment, based at Stoke-on-Trent College, said: "We find people are coming along looking for a job, but have not thought about what qualifications they might need.
"We run short-term courses, some four weeks long and someone could be in a new job with fresh skills in two months.
"We work closely with Job Centre Plus. All our courses are tailored to suit jobs that are available in the area."