Doncaster Rovers are staging a career fair for young adults next month in a bid to encourage recruitment and kick-start the local economy.
The event, organised by the club’s Education Foundation, will be held at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday 2 October. It will see employers and education providers showcase opportunities to young adults aged from 16 – 24.
Recent government statistics revealed that the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Doncaster soared from 175 to 590 between July 2011 and July 2012, while the total number of unemployed people in the borough rose from 10,008 to 10,814.
But Rovers, who ran a successful similar event in January, are keen to demonstrate that there are opportunities available for unemployed young people in the town.
Ben Thompson, education officer at Doncaster Rovers’ Education Foundation, said: “For those leaving school or college or currently out of work, it might seem an anxious and uncertain time.
“However, we are hoping to show that there are routes into education and employment out there. Our careers fair is not only a chance for young people to find out more about the options available to them, it is also an opportunity for companies and organisations to get in front of potential recruits.
“As a club we are very active in the local community. One of the key areas of our work is helping young people in Doncaster get into work or education and this event will do just that.”
The careers fair runs from 5.30pm – 7.30pm and has been organised in conjunction with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the Union Learning Fund and their Achievement Through Sport initiative. The PFA will be on hand to offer guidance and advice throughout the evening.
Organisations with a presence will receive two free tickets for the game.
For more information about the careers fair or Doncaster Rovers’ Education Foundation, visit www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk or call 01302 370 152.