TyroneWorks Fair to highlight local employment opportunities

BUSINESS owners and job seekers in Tyrone are set to come together in June for a new look annual jobs and careers exhibition which aims to highlight and encourage local employment opportunities.

Operating from a new venue and on a new date, the event, which will also be promoted under the new ‘TyroneWorks’ brand, promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Staged in Omagh Leisure Centre on Friday June 10 (12noon to 3pm), TyroneWorks is being promoted by Business in the Community’s Tyrone Business Leadership Network, supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the Department of Enterprise and Learning, South West College and a number of leading local businesses including the UH, Terex GB Ltd and SP McCaffrey Accountants.

Upwards of 50 local businesses and agencies have exhibited at previous events and this year the promoters are confident that more business owners will use the event to highlight career opportunities in their organisations.

Seamus McCaffrey who chairs the Tyrone Business Leadership Network encouraged all business owners and managers to attend the forthcoming event. “We have taken the decision to bring the event forward to June to accommodate potential new graduates and school leavers who will be finishing their courses prior to the summer holidays and entering the job market for the first time,” said Seamus.

“By adopting the new brand name of ‘TyroneWorks’ we want to send a message to local businesses, job seekers and our young workers of the future, that we want them to stay local and work local and to try and stop the drain of young talent out of the district,” he added.

Local businesses, regardless of their size and the nature of their work, are asked to take a free stand at the June 10 exhibition to promote their business and to highlight the type of careers and skills required to succeed.

“There are many exciting enterprises throughout all parts of Tyrone, in the towns, villages and even in remote areas of the countryside offering very exciting and rewarding job opportunities,” added Seamus McCaffrey. “But very few promote themselves well enough and then they struggle to attract the necessary talent to help their business grow.”

“The TyroneWorks event is free to attend and is free for businesses to exhibit a stand. “Ideally we would like businesses to come along with the intention of highlighting a particular job opportunity which they would like to offer an aspiring job seeker, but if they do not have a permanent position to fill, we would also be delighted if they could consider giving someone a temporary position, even in a work experience capacity or under an apprenticeship scheme.

Their presence will also help forge a link with potential job seekers when other job opportunities become available in the future. “This is a great opportunity for the local business community to come together and literally make Tyrone work,” added Seamus.

“We all know of many people who have left these areas with great skills and qualifications and have not come back. We need them to return but we need employers to do their bit and help provide some fresh opportunities for those out of work or wanting a change. “Everyone wins when that will happen.”

A number of guest speakers are also set to address this year’s TyroneWorks exhibition, providing business owners and job seekers with an insight to the world of work and how to maximise business opportunities through the appointment of talented employees.

Spaces are limited, however, so if businesses would like to book an exhibition stand at TyroneWorks, please make sure to sign up by Friday 27th May, 2016. You can also book a stand online at bitcni.org.uk/event/tyroneworks/