Omagh Enterprise at Tyrone Jobs & Careers Fair

Local business leaders have joined forces to tackle unemployment across Tyrone.

The ‘Let’s Work Together’ Tyrone Jobs & Careers Fair is being led by a partnership involving Business in the Community’s Omagh Business
Leadership Networks, South West College and media partners The Ulster Herald.

The Jobs Fair will be held in South West College, Omagh campus, between 12-3pm on Friday September 27.

It is open to anyone looking for employment and there will be an excellent opportunity to talk to local employers about how they recruit, what
they look for in applicants and to find out about private and public sector businesses located across the county.

Job seekers will also have the opportunity to sign up to participate in mock interview sessions, which will be facilitated by local employers and run throughout the day.

The name ‘Let’s Work Together’ is entirely apt, as the initiative depends on organisations and businesses working together to create employment opportunities for local people.

Core to the success of this is the local business community. The ‘Let’s Work Together’ approach recognises that every job, every apprenticeship
and every temporary placement created by a business will make a positive impact on the economy and on people’s lives.

Enterprise Minister, Arlene Foster, officially launched the campaign back in June at South West College, Omagh.

She said that if every business in Northern Ireland was to create just one job opportunity – even a temporary one – it would have an enormous impact, not just on our unemployment figures, but also on our skills base.

“To those in the business community that are in a position to create jobs – even one job – I would say be bold, look to the future of both your
own business and the local economy, and take that step,” added Minister Foster.

Dominic McClements, general manager, Ulster Herald and North-West News Group stressed the importance of investing in local people.

“With over 5,000 people aged between 18 and 49 currently out of work in Tyrone alone, the local business community have an obligation to do
everything possible to halt the drain of young local talent and get the economy working again.

“While many local businesses are currently operating under very difficult economic conditions, it’s extremely important to invest in our
most valuable local resource – people.”

Seamus McCaffrey, chairman of Business in the Community’s Western Business Leadership Network, is calling upon local employers to
pledge their commitment to participate in the Job Fairs.

“With so many people currently out of work in Tyrone, we all have an obligation to do everything within our power to halt the drain of talent from our community and get the economy working again,” he said. “We’re delighted with the response to date from local employers who will be attending the Jobs Fair on the basis that they have something to offer the unemployed – whether that be jobs, apprenticeships or work placements – all of which will positively contribute to employment in the area.”