WITH just under a fortnight to go more companies are signing up to take part in the Echo Jobs fair.

The free event runs at Southampton Guildhall on September 19 from 10am to 3pm.

Among the latest organisations to confirm their attendance are ACRO Criminal Records Office, salad growers Vitacress, specialist care providers Active Assistance, Autism Hampshire and housing association Home Group.

ACRO , based near Fareham, provides a crucial link between police forces in the UK and overseas in exchanging criminal conviction histories.

Other services include providing criminal records certificates to the public, helping people access and manage information about them on police databases and supporting the criminal justice work of agencies requesting access to information on the Police National Computer (PNC).

All ACRO staff are employed as Hampshire Constabulary employees with access to the force’s benefits and terms and conditions including a competitive salary and pension scheme, generous holiday allowances, family-friendly and flexible working practices and employee support.

The organisation is currently recruiting Criminal Records Database Administrators (ACRO PNC Operators).

Vitacress is now one of Europe’s leading suppliers of fresh produce, employing 1,500 people across Europe.

Expansion means the company is looking to fill a number of roles working on day, twilight, night and weekend shifts with competitive rates and premiums on some shifts.

There is a subsidised canteen facility on site and benefits range from, contributory pension and employee recognition, training and apprenticeship schemes.

Active Assistance Group is a highly successful specialist care provider which supports physically disabled clients to live independently in their own homes.

Depending on where you live you could either care for one client or you could work between two or more packages. Active have various full and part time positions, with day and waking night shifts available with pay rates; ranging from £9-£12 per hour. Experience is not essential as training is provided.

Autism Hampshire is an independent regional charity with based at Solent Business Park, Whiteley. The charity has vacancies in its residential, supported living and community support services at Gosport, Alverstoke, Bassett, Bitterne Park, Upper Shirley, Whiteley

Homegroup’s role is to provide general needs housing, supported housing services, and home ownership options for some of society’s most vulnerable people. It is a social enterprise and a charity with a turnover of over £350m, is one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and integrated housing, health and social care.

Other exhibitors due to appear at the event include: Apex Prime Care, Berry Recruitment, Carewatch Care Service, Cinnamon Care Collection, CPN Construction Services, First Hampshire & Dorset Group Ltd, Hampshire County Council, Hartford Care Ltd, Job Centre Plus, MacIntyre Charity, Newsquest Media Sales, Peter Symonds College Adult & Higher Education Division, and Southampton City Council.

As well as stands for these and other employers visitors to the fair will be able to view the the Daily Echo Jobs Board, which will be displaying hundreds of current vacancies. Information on training opportunities will also be available.

The National Career Service (NCS) will be on hand to offer support with the CV clinics a chance to have a one-to-one with a skilled professionals offering advice on your CV.

The NCS will also offer free seminars throughout the day which include “Writing a Winning CV”, “Succeeding at Interviews”, “Effective Job Search” and “Returning to Work or Changing Direction”.

For employers the Job Fair is an opportunity to promote their company and meet potential employees face-to-face, saving valuable time in the hiring process.

Organisations interested in booking a stand should contact Natalie Sprake on 023 8042 4872.