Landmark employment event a roaring success

Published Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Hundreds of people looking for work and support across a wide range of disciplines attended The Coventry Moves Into Work event in the city centre.

Job Shop event a success
Moves Into Work

It was the largest event that Coventry Job Shop has hosted to date, with over 550 people attending throughout the day and 160 tickets also being pre-booked through the City of Culture website.

Hosted by the Coventry City Council Job Shop with support from City of Culture and WMCA, residents had the opportunity to meet with dozens of local and national prospective employers, independent training providers, advice services and educational organisations. 

It was a chance for people looking for work to find out about gaining new skills, qualifications, and live vacancies.

Eleven employers attended the event, including CV Life, Platinum Care, Stadium TM, Coventry City of Culture and Coventry University as well as national organisations including National Express and Balfour Beatty Vinci.

Alongside the cohort of employers were 14 training providers and 10 employment support organisations.

The training providers – which included organisations such as Coventry Adult Education, Foleshill Women’s Training, Coventry College, Pet Xi and JCB Training – showcased their expertise across a range of disciplines from basic skills and ESOL employability, to advanced technical skills such as Coding or Construction.

The employment support organisations included Coventry Job Shop, Coventry Migration Team, Positive Youth Foundation, St Francis Employability and the National Careers Services.

Praising the event, Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, said: “It has been absolutely outstanding to see so many fantastic organisations – including our own partners – attend the event to speak about their opportunities to Coventry’s skilled workers.

“It shows that there are so many exciting employment opportunities in Coventry at the moment, and I’m proud that we’ve helped to connect hardworking and talented Coventry residents with prospective employers so that they can reach their potential and make the most of the event’s opportunities.”

Councillor Dr Kindy Sandhu, Cabinet Member for Educations and Skills, said: “For those leaving school or college and entering the world of work or further education, it can be a daunting prospect.

“However, the Coventry Moves Into Work event has shown the young people of Coventry that there is an abundance of exciting opportunities right here on their doorstep, including world renowned universities.

“The young people have so much knowledge, skills and pragmatism to offer the world of work and education and I’m proud to see them making the most of the opportunities that Coventry has to offer.”
There was also light entertainment and food on the day, with a local Coventry musician serenading the crowds with his own renditions of Elton John and John Legend to compliment the delicious Arabian Bites food served by St Francis Employability.  

Find out more about the Coventry Job Shop and book an appointment.

Coventry City Council