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In Pictures: Laois Jobs Fair returns to Portlaoise and proves a great success

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Following a hiatus as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Laois Jobs Fair returned to the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise on Tuesday April 12.

Sponsored by Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB) and Local Enterprise Office Laois, there were 40 exhibitors in attendance on the day from Laois and neighbouring counties.

These were offering 100s of roles across a range of sectors such as accountancy, construction, engineering, IT, manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality, to name but a few.

An invitation was also extended to the Ukrainian community who have recently moved to Ireland, with the Ukrainian Hub and three translators consistently busy throughout the day with great interest in training and employment opportunities.

Speaking following the event, Laois Chamber CEO, Caroline Hofman, described this year’s Laois Jobs Fair as a tremendous success.

She said: “This was Laois Chamber’s first big in-person event in over two years and offered employers and employees the opportunity to connect again face-to-face.

“We had a superb array of businesses exhibiting and showcasing the exceptional employment opportunities available in Laois.

“The event has received a really positive response and feedback from our exhibitors has been extremely positive, with a high standard of candidates filing through the doors.

“Laois has a skilled and talented workforce, which can be attributed to our close proximity to third-level education and the excellent apprenticeship, training and upskilling opportunities with the LOETB.

“Local Enterprise Office Laois also offer a suite of financial and training supports to businesses located in the county, and this was also showcased on the day.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank our three Ukrainian translators who were so welcoming and helpful throughout the day – Oksana, Polina and Alona.”

The Laois Hub Collective also exhibited on the day, showing the opportunities for remote working throughout the county.

Interview rooms were also provided for jobseekers and employers alike.

President of Laois Chamber, Alison Browne, said: “Laois Chamber would like to thank all businesses who supported and attended Laois Jobs Fair.

“It was a great opportunity for Laois Chamber to help businesses find new employees and highlight the varied types of employment available in the county.

“The Ukrainian Hub was a great success and many were able to find jobs on the day. This was the highlight of the event.

“Laois companies were very welcoming and offered great opportunities to the Ukrainian people.

“Overall, contacts were made, CVs collected, Laois businesses had a platform to meet potential new employees and it was a worthwhile event for people to attend. Many thanks to the LOETB and LEO Laois who always give us great support.”

Honor Deevy, Acting Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Laois, said: “The Local Enterprise Office Laois is delighted to support the Laois Jobs Fair which is a great initiative of Laois Chamber.

“This is an excellent Forum for assisting employees meet potential employers as well as training agencies and HR specialists.

“It is a great opportunity to showcase the wide range of business supports, training and mentoring available through the Local Enterprise Office.”

Pauline Madigan, Caroline Hofman, CEO Laois Chamber and Cllr James Kelly
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Sophie Dunne and Tom McFadzean 
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Jarlath and Sandra Taylor
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New Portlaoise neighbours from Odessa and Kharkiv
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Colm Farrell and Jennifer Brady
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Laois County Council chief executive John Mulholland meeting Jake Lawlor and Paul Begley from JSD Contracting
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Ken Fitzpatrick chatting with Caroline Spollen
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Aga Wipychowska, Laois Partnership and Laois Chamber president Alison Browne with Ukrainian translators Polina Filatova and Oksana Bereza
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Majella Hickey and Lorna Maher
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Laois Chamber president Alison Browne; Cllr Conor Bergin Cathaoirleach of Laois County Council; Laois Chamber CEO Caroline Hofman and Laois County Council chief executive John Mulholland at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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The Vimar team, from left: Eoin Conroy, Romina Roe, Alastair Roe, Jan Smoiorz, Aaron Sheehan, Iratxe Via and Diana Barkova at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Martin Crowley, Laois Chamber board member; Alison Browne, Laois Chamber president; Caroline Hofman, Laois Chamber CEO and Mary Hennessy from Maltings Training at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Colm Mulrooney and Eimear Alley from Supermacs/Portlaoise Plaza/Killeshin Hotel at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Sarah O’Sullivan and Jennifer Murphy from The Heritage at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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David Kennedy and Liz Jago from Fingleton White at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Denis Ryan, Jennifer Young and Conor Reynolds from the Midlands Park Hotel at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Linda Meredith, Michael Timmons and Mark Clancy from Local Enterprise Office Laois at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Shane Faul, Shannon Harris and Naomi Edge from Nua Healthcare at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Aideen Poole from LOETB advising people at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Aideen Poole, John Costello, Yvonne Foy, Padraig Boland, Joleen Hall and Bebhinn Kennedy from the LOETB/Mount Lucas Construction Training Centre at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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John O’Sullivan, Laura Wills, Patricia Drea and Kieran Hyland at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Amie Colgan, Lorraine Carton and Zo‘ Mortimer from Nuvo Recruitment at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Jake Lawlor and Maria Whelan from JSD Contracting at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Donal Horgan from HFS Accountants with Laois Chamber CEO Caroline Hofman at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Ciara Gyves and Brian Byrne from AOCA at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Ashleigh Doyle, Joanne Phelan, Marie Buckley and Aoife Collier from CJ Sheeran at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Linda Meredith and Michael Timmons from Local Enterprise Office Laois at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Fiona Lindsay and Saoirse Booth from ALPHA Wireless at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Scoil Chroist Ri students with Sinead Grehan from Iridium HR looking after registrations at the Laois Jobs Fair 2022.
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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.