Keighley and Ilkley Jobs Fair praised by Senior Cabinet Minister

An MP's efforts to help his constituents find jobs, has been praised by Damian Green, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.


Last Friday, Keighley and Ilkley MP Kris Hopkins hosted his third Keighley and Ilkley Jobs Fair at Keighley College with more than 200 full and part-time jobs and apprenticeships offered.


The free event was officially opened by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.


Jobseekers and school leavers had the chance to speak to local employers across a wide range of business sectors, including manufacturing, engineering, health care, construction and financial services.


Several businesses have already signed up for next year’s event.


The Work and Pensions Secretary said the jobs fair was a great example of how an effective MP can help improve the local economy and create a country that works for everyone.


"I know Kris is committed to helping jobseekers find work and his jobs fairs have been a prime example of his efforts," Mr Green said.


"All of his jobs fairs have been successful and offer the ideal opportunity for people to find their first jobs, return to the world of work or change career and also gives local businesses the chance to see the great employees available.


"Employment nationally is at a record high and Keighley and Ilkley has seen the number of people claiming out of work benefits fall by 1,354 or 57 per cent since 2010.


"I have no doubt that Kris' jobs fairs have been a key contributor to these figures and I would urge as many jobseekers and businesses as possible to get involved."


Opening the event last Friday, Andrew Jones said: “There has never been a greater requirement to focus on the skills we need in this country.


“At the heart of that is making connections between people wanting to start their careers and businesses who need apprentices.


“There are many live vacancies at this fair, and Keighley College is at the heart of developing skills in the community.”


Mr Hopkins said he delighted at the success of the event and thanked both ministers for their support.


He continued: “This was undoubtedly the best Keighley and Ilkley Jobs fair so far. 


“As well as enabling local students and job seekers to access apprenticeships and employment opportunities, the events also provide an ideal platform to showcase the many great employers creating jobs and boosting our economy in Keighley and Ilkley.


“These are strong messages to take back to ministerial colleagues in Government and I deeply welcome the support from Damian and Andrew.”


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