A NEW jobs fair has been hailed a “fantastic” success.
There were 500 jobs up for grabs at the inaugural South Denbighshire Jobs Fair at Denbigh Town Hall.
It was attended by hundreds of teenagers who were able to find information on future careers.
Major employers there included the main sponsor, Pendine Park care organisation, and Ruthin-based civil engineering company Jones Bros.
The event featured career advice from seasoned professionals for young people between 14 and 18 and job advertisements in the afternoon for people aged 16 and above.
Students from Denbigh High School, St. Brigid's School and the Denbigh Campus of Coleg Llandrillo, attended the fair, which was the brainchild of Mark Young, proprietor of Denbigh Chocolate Shop.
Vale of Clwyd MP Chris Ruane was there to show his support, as was the High Sheriff of Clwyd David Meredith Jones.
Mr Ruane said: “The stalls here today are offering 500 jobs. There are 1,600 people unemployed in Denbighshire, and if we get those jobs to the people unemployed in Denbighshire then we’ll reduce unemployment by a third.”
Mark Young was delighted with how the event went.
He said: “It’s fantastic and it shows what people can achieve when they pull together. A lot of people have got behind this including Mario Kreft from Pendine Park, Chris Ruane, and David Meredith Jones.
“There are around 25 companies and organisations offering over 500 jobs.
“It’s good for the community, good for business and hopefully a lot of young people will get jobs at the end of it.”
Mary Tetley, chief executive of the scuba diving organisation the British Sub-aqua Club, who had a stall at the event, added: “When I was at school my careers advice wasn’t very good really and I’ve just been very lucky that I found the right career.
“This fair is a way we can advise young people of what to do, and give them some food for thought.”