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Job seekers invited to jobs fair in Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness tomorrow and Saturday


By Ian Duncan


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From left, Veronica Mackintosh, Eastgate administrator & commercialisation manager, Lydia Bernardi, Pandora store manager, Lauren Macdonald and Eilidh Edgar from DYW and SDS and DWP employment advisor Vinny Pillai. Picture: James Mackenzie
From left, Veronica Mackintosh, Eastgate administrator & commercialisation manager, Lydia Bernardi, Pandora store manager, Lauren Macdonald and Eilidh Edgar from DYW and SDS and DWP employment advisor Vinny Pillai. Picture: James Mackenzie

People looking for work in the Inverness area are being invited to a two-day jobs fair in the city centre tomorrow and Saturday (May 13 and May 14).

It will be held in the food court of Eastgate Shopping centre on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14, between 10am and 4pm on both days.

A number of local businesses with vacancies are already involved – including Kingsmills Hotel, Beggs shoe shops and a number of businesses based at Eastgate – and it is hoped that more will get on board.

As well local businesses staff from the Jobcentre and Developing The Young Workforce would also be in attendance to help jobseekers who are there.

Veronica Mackintosh, the centre's administration and commercialisation manager, said they could probably accommodate around 15 exhibitors at the free event on each day.

She said it was a chance for job seekers to see what vacancies were currently available and it covered more than one sector – currently retail and hospitality.

"Within each sector there are lots of different types of job," she said. "If they go into these sectors they can have a good future.

"If you've got driving ambition you can get yourself where you want to be – people can have futures in these sectors. It's just trying to get them thinking about it."

The event started as a small idea and, after a meeting with Inverness BID, Miss Mackintosh, who was the commercial manager with Debenhams before it closed, said she was hoping that BID members would also get involved. Miss Mackintosh said: "All they have got to do is contact me."

She said the advantages included the size of the venue, its central location and good accessibility for those with disabilities.

At a previous event Macdonalds Resort, which is based in Aviemore, had provided some fairly positive feedback about how it went.

• For more information contact Miss Mackintosh at administrator@eastgate-centre.co.uk


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