Jobs fair offers up hundreds of roles
MORE than 100 jobs are up for grabs as a mobile phone giant gets ready for the Christmas boom.
Chesterton-based Phones4U is looking to take on 60 workers for its head office and call centre with about a further 50 positions available in its string of shops.
The firm was among a number of companies, recruitment agencies and colleges showcasing their respective vacancies at yesterday's Sentinel Jobs Fair.
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"People don't need to have bags of experience, we are open to anyone who is interested in working for us.
"We are looking for people who are enthusiastic and want to develop their career with us."
The majority of roles are permanent with the company looking for temporary Christmas staff who could also see their roles become more long-term.
Yesterday's event, run with Radwell International, at the Victoria Hall in Hanley, saw job-seekers submit application forms and receive advice on training and career development.
Burslem-based Autonet Insurance was offering about 30 positions.
HR assistant Emma Alcock said: "We have had a lot of interest.
"We are looking for people who are comfortable on the telephone who have the right attitude."
Hanley engineering giant Goodwin International was accepting applications as it finalises plans for a new academy which will develop 25 apprentices a year.
The firm's HR manager Martin Officer said: "Apprentices will stay with us for four years and will get hands on practical experience.
"We can train them how we feel they should be trained and they will be bespoke to us. The academy will hopefully be finalised over the next few weeks and we will look to take apprentices on straight away."
Successful applicants for Newcastle firm Radwell International will enjoy a three-month programme in America before embarking on their role.
The firm - which buys, repairs and sells industrial equipment - is looking to take on repair engineers.
Production manager Lisa Rowe said: "We are growing rapidly and so we are not really putting a figure on the number of jobs available.
"The repair engineer job requires someone who has a basic experience of fault finding and can solder."
Trentham-based Search Recruitment, which sponsored the job fair, had roughly 30 positions, both permanent and temporary, on offer.
The Army was also on hand looking for potential recruits.
Sergeant Roy Penhallurick, who has been on tour in the Gulf, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland, said: "The Army can offer a lot. I left school with a handful of CSEs and now I am qualified to teach."
Becky Wilkinson, a case manager for the Employment Skills Group (ESG), said: "We have brought 80 clients along to hopefully get some meetings organised for them. This is an opportunity to try and find some employment."