/Manchester Airport to repeat Thomas Cook employment fair

Manchester Airport to repeat Thomas Cook employment fair

Published on Monday, October 7, 2019

Manchester Airport plans to hold more employment fairs for Thomas Cook and supply chain employees after its first event attracted more than 1,000 people.

Over 40 employers with more than 6,000 vacancies in a range of sectors were on hand to speak to potential candidates about their career options and next steps last week.

Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice, the Insolvency Service, Unite the Union and other support services also attended, to help people in need of financial support and information relating to redundancy.

Mark Hughes, chief executive of the Growth Company and chair of the GM Taskforce established in the wake of the announcement of the failure of Thomas Cook, said: “This has been a really challenging time for all those affected by the demise of Thomas Cook.

“I’m pleased that so many employers and former staff were able to attend the employment fair and that, with the support of our public and private sector partners, we were able to deliver the event so quickly and reach as many people as possible.

“I know there are many more employers keen to meet Thomas Cook staff and support them in their next steps. With this in mind, we will be looking to host similar events in the near future so we can continue to provide relevant, targeted support when and where it is most needed.”

Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan added: “The whole airport community was saddened by the news of Thomas Cook’s collapse, which is why we reached out across the airport site and worked closely with the task force to arrange a jobs fair.

“The event was just the first of many in which we will be playing our part to help the staff impacted by the airline’s collapse.

“Working closely with the taskforce we will be arranging further employment events, plus our onsite Airport Academy will have dedicated sessions with CV workshops and interview masterclasses.”

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