Two thousand people have booked to attend this Wednesday’s (February 12) inaugural Laois Jobs Fair.
The event, an initiative of Laois Chamber of Commerce, has sparked the public’s imagination with strong support from Laois job hunters, eager to swap long commutes for working in their own county.
Hundreds of positions are on offer from more than 35 companies, including Glanbia Cheese, Supermac’s, Greenfield Global, Imagine, Dawn Meats, Enva, CJ Sheeran and Fingleton White.
They’re offering diverse jobs in Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, HR, Logistics, Customer care, Healthcare, IT and Hospitality, as well as positions in New Media and Languages.
The new Supermac’s Motorway Plaza in Portlaoise, due to open in May has 120 roles to fill.
There will also be a separate area housing several co working hubs, which are becoming increasingly popular throughout Co. Laois as well as interview rooms for job seekers and employers alike.
Staff from Solas, the governing body for apprenticeships in Ireland will also be in attendance as well as members of the Laois Offaly Education Training Board.
CEO of Laois Chamber, Bernie Everard says the response from the public has been overwhelming, proving that there is a huge appetite to make Laois the centre of Ireland in which to do business.
He said “Laois is ideally positioned both in terms of infrastructure, demographics and employment opportunities.
“13,000 people leave the county each day to work in other locations throughout the country, so we want to try and harness some of those commuters, offering them sustainable
opportunities in their own county.
“The response from the public and exhibitors to our first Laois Jobs Fair has been hugely encouraging and augurs extremely well for the future.
“We have received huge support from sponsors like Glanbia Cheese, who are one of our main sponsors together with Nuvo and Nostra.”
The Laois Jobs Fair takes place at the Midlands Park Hotel from 2pm to 8pm.