HELP is on its way for residents looking for a job as the inaugural Southampton Jobs Week is due to get underway.

The event, being run by Southampton City Council, is set to be launched on Monday and will run until Friday.

Organised by the employment team at the council, throughout the week there will be a wide range of activities online and across the city.

The aim of this is to help residents find their next job as well as give employers the chance to find “local talent”.

Councillor Spiros Vassiliou, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture & Heritage, said: “As we are coming out of the pandemic, it is vital to support those that are looking for new opportunities – whether that’s your first job or an apprenticeship, or accessing retraining due to the economic disruption caused by the pandemic.

“Southampton Jobs Week aims to bring together local businesses and local jobseekers to help provide great employment options for people and Get Southampton Moving again.”

As part of the weeklong event there is due to be careers advice and guidance for young people as they receive their GCSE results with a Virtual Jobs Fair also getting underway on Wednesday.

On Thursday the Young Adults Employment Hub (Youth Hub) will be launched in Guildhall Square from 12pm until 4pm where young people and their families will have the chance to learn more about the Hub and meet the council’s employment support team, as well as visit different organisations providing a range of job-related support services.

Young people will also have the opportunity to meet employers with live Kickstart vacancies at the ‘Kickstart your Summer’ event, held at MAST Mayflower Studios.

Ross McNally, CEO and Executive Chair of Hampshire Chambers of Commerce, added: “Southampton Jobs Week is a much-needed boost for the economy and makes sure we keep our residents connected to the range of opportunities available.

“The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support this initiative and would encourage employers across the city to get involved as we attempt to build back better from the pandemic.”

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