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Major recruitment fair to showcase hospitality and tourism jobs

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Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire has organised a major recruitment fair which will showcase hundreds of hospitality and tourism jobs.

Promoting current jobs available in the sector in the Peak District and Derbyshire, as well as shining a spotlight on future career paths into the industry, the Hospitality & Tourism Jobs Fair will be held at The Whitworth in Darley Dale, near Matlock, on Monday 21 March, from 10am to 2pm.

Offering a fantastic opportunity for both job seekers and employers, the free jobs fair takes place during English Tourism Week (18 to 27 March) and aims to address the ongoing hospitality recruitment crisis, while helping to change perceptions that hospitality jobs offer ‘long hours for little pay’.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on with live demonstrations showcasing different aspects of working in the sector – from setting a restaurant table and making a hotel bed, to creating mocktails and learning about foraging and food presentation.

In addition, a ‘Live Apply’ zone will feature full-time, part-time and seasonal job opportunities currently available in the Peak District and Derbyshire, with a fast-track application process removing the need for lengthy application forms and CVs.

One-to-one advice will be available for attendees wishing to further their confidence and skills to be ‘job-ready’, and there will also be a rolling programme of speakers from local hospitality and tourism businesses.

The event has been arranged by Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire with support from the UK Community Renewal Fund and is part of a programme of support to drive the recovery of visitor economy businesses.

It follows the recent launch of the Peak District & Derbyshire Hospitality Charter, which aims to raise the profile of the hospitality industry, boost recruitment and promote the sector as a career of choice to parents, schools, colleges and universities.

Jo Dilley, managing director at Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said: “The Hospitality and Tourism Jobs Fair is a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to discover the diverse careers available in this rewarding sector, connecting employers to new emerging talent.

“We’re in an unprecedented time in terms of the challenges faced by local businesses and following the launch of the Peak District & Derbyshire Hospitality Charter, we’re working closely with local authorities and education providers to identify opportunities and target support where it’s most needed.

“This jobs fair is another step in that process, and we’re looking forward to shining a light on all the benefits that a career in hospitality can bring – from fulfilling, long-term employment to fantastic opportunities for training and development.”

The jobs fair is free to attend. Visitors can turn up on the day or register in advance – please click here.

Businesses and education providers interested in taking part can find more information here.

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