March arrives, bringing us closer to spring. It’s also a time when many employers prepare their new year’s budgets ready to recruit ahead of national activity taking place for National Careers and National Apprenticeship Weeks.

March also sees Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation and Nottingham City Council join forces with local employment and training specialists and employers to hold their first large jobs fair of the year.

On Friday 9 March the Nottingham North Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair returns to Bulwell, aiming to build on the success of previous years and attract large numbers of people from north of the city and beyond.

This year the event will feature 40 stands with 30 of those being run by employers with live job vacancies such as Avon, Nottingham City Transport, Nottingham University Hospitals, Siemens, Skills and representing different sectors, including driving, healthcare, admin, hospitality, retail and apprenticeships.

Nottingham North Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair organised by local charity Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation with support from colleagues at Nottingham City Council, Jobcentre Plus and Futures who work collaboratively under the Nottingham Jobs partnership. Last year over 1000 people attended the jobs fair with 128 (12%) moving into work or education as a result.

Alex Norris Nottingham North MP says: “I was elected on a promise to try improve employment and skills in our community. This, of course, involves working in Parliament. However, I’m keen to offer practical support to my constituents. So I’m glad that through the Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation we are bringing the Nottingham North Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair to the constituency. Nottingham North has unacceptably high levels of unemployment and I hope that the fair will help people to get into employment and offer them other opportunities to gain new skills.”

Councillor Leslie Ayoola, Executive Assistant for Business and Employment at Nottingham City Council said; “Nottingham City Council has been working with the Rebalancing Foundation for a number of years to bring this popular job fair to North Nottingham and we are very pleased to see it back and as big as ever, ready to benefit local people.

“Whilst unemployment levels continue to fall in Nottingham and the city’s major building projects, strong retail offer and technology-based industries create opportunities for people of all ages, we recognise that life is difficult for those struggling to find work or training opportunities.

“The good news for local people looking for work is that Nottingham’s unique employment and skills service Nottingham Jobs is working with community partners across the city so wherever people live there’s a lot of support and advice available to help them learn new skills and find a suitable job or apprenticeship.”

Following on from the success of previous jobs fairs across the city, the aim of the Nottingham North Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair is to make it easier for local job seekers of any age to speak directly to people who can help them build their confidence and find the experience they need to find suitable employment. The event is fully supported by Bulwell Jobcentre Plus who are proactively helping people who are likely to be facing barriers to employment or training by helping them to find out what support is available to them locally.

Nottingham North Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair will be held at the Bulwell Riverside Sports Hall on Friday 9 March from 9:30am to 2:30pm.

Anyone who wants to attend can pick up a registration form from their local Jobcentre or Library or download a form at

Local job seekers are also being encouraged to register on the new Nottingham Jobs website to find out about the latest job vacancies, apply online and sign up for job lists by email.