Out of work? Come and meet the top employers
People looking for their careers to take off this year are being invited to the National Space Centre on Monday.
The Leicester Mercury is hosting its annual jobs and training fair, bringing together job-seekers of all ages and the county's biggest employers.
The event is also attended by leading colleges and other further education organisations in Leicestershire to help people find the best courses to boost their skills for the future.
The free event will be held from 10am until 3pm, with more than 100 job opportunities available in the Leicester area.
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It will be attended by companies such as Accredo, Regional Recruitment, Avon, and The Utility Warehouse, along with the RAF, Royal Navy, and Leicestershire Police. Martin Traynor, managing director of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is a very welcome development because we have a situation where we have a challenge to match people with the right jobs in Leicestershire.
"There are in the region of 22,000 unemployed people, but there are actually between 24,000 and 26,000 job vacancies at the moment.
"So anything that can be done to bring employers and people seeking work together must be encouraged.
"I'd encourage job-seekers and employers to attend."
The jobs and training fair will also be attended by Jobcentre Plus staff looking to guide people looking for work in the right direction.
People attending will be able to find out about the flexible support fund to help people remove financial barriers to getting work, such as health, childcare and training issues.
Personal advisers will also be on hand to help everyone, including those recently made redundant, learn about the best ways to make job applications and write CVs.
Among the companies attending will be Ford and Slater DAF, in Narborough Road, Leicester. The company employs more than 400 people across 10 truck dealerships.
Helena Creed, from the company, said: "It's a chance for us to promote ourselves to people who might be interested in apprenticeships, which we offer quite a lot of."
The event will feature workshops on apprenticeships and key job-hunting skills, delivered in the main planetarium at the space centre by job placement experts Regional Recruitment and Leicester College.
The apprenticeship workshops begin at 11am and 1pm, while the job-hunting workshop will be at noon.
Danny Gilbert, event manager for Leicester Mercury recruitment, said: "People will be able to come down free of charge and meet the standholders as well as taking in the fascinating backdrop of the National Space Centre's exhibits.
"People who wish to attend the event don't have to pre-register to be involved, simply turn up on the day armed with a copy of your CV."
The car park for the National Space Centre, in Exploration Drive, Leicester, will be free of charge for those attending.