Careers Matter at LEAF 2015

Published Monday, 14th December 2015
Magna Science Adventure Centre
Magna Science Adventure Centre

Morrison, part of Mears Group, brought together local businesses and organisations to showcase employment and training opportunities in Rotherham.

Over 850 students and jobseekers attended the Local Employment Advisory Forum (LEAF) event, officially opened by the Mayor of Rotherham Maggi Clark, at the Magna Science Adventure Centre on 16 November. The event provided a platform for 75 exhibitors to offer insight into different career options.

The all-day event was organised in partnership with Rotherham Council, Job Centre Plus and the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, and supported by the Skills Funding Agency and their 'Your Future' programme of nationwide careers fairs which gives 70,000 young people access to employers and careers advice.

The morning session was dedicated to Y9-Y11 students from local schools, while the afternoon focused on jobseekers, especially older students and the general public looking for opportunities to upskill.

A school representative said: "Our students found the LEAF event valuable and particularly helpful in deciding what they want do on after school. The 'Employer Expectation' talk focused on the level of preparation, planning and maturity required in the job market, reinforcing the message that we continuously give in school but it helped for them to hear it from an independent source."

Dominic Beck, Corporate Affairs Manager, Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: "We are delighted that the 'Your Future' careers programme could be part of the LEAF careers fair. Supporting our future workforce is a responsibility that all businesses have, and we are happy to be involved."

Diane Keay, Customer and Community Manager, Morrison, said: "We are pleased to once again host the LEAF event along with our partners in Rotherham. Morrison have always supported local employment initiatives, and this event has helped provide a forum for local people to find out more about improving their skills and offering information to help them succeed in their training and employment goals."