500 jobs and cocktail masterclasses at city jobs fair

A Liverpool jobs fair will look to fill more than 500 vacancies and will also offer masterclasses in making cocktails as the event emphasises skills shortages in hospitality. Tony McDonough reports

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People attending the jobs fairs will be offered cocktail-making masterclasses


More than 500 jobs are on offer at a jobs fair in Liverpool being held at the end of August.

And with an emphasis on the shortage of skills in the city region’s hospitality sector, those attending will be able to take part in cocktail-making masterclasses.

Earlier this month LBN revealed that Liverpool city region’s visitor economy had recovered strongly since the pandemic and was now worth more than £5bn. However, this is putting more pressure on hospitality and tourism businesses to find enough staff.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has joined forces with the DWP, Liverpool City Council and Growth Platform to organise the event at the M&S Bank Arena on Tuesday, August 29. They follow on from other jobs fairs held earlier in the summer, the latest of which saw 600 people attend.

There will be two sessions – from 10am to 1pm and 1pm to 4pm. They will offer roles from entry level positions to team leaders. There are salaries on offer of more than £30,000 a year.

It will host interactive skills sessions, including masterclasses by cocktail makers, making non-alcoholic mocktails, and baristas. Employers present will include The ACC Liverpool Group, John Lewis and Liverpool One.


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More than 600 jobseekers attended the ‘Beyond Eurovision’ jobs fair at ACC Liverpool


More than 500 vacancies will be available, and jobseekers will be offered the chance to try out relevant skills alongside informal “speed dating” chats with employers. Jobseekers do not need to register for the event and some job offers will be made on the day.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority executive director, policy strategy and Government relations, Kirsty McLean said: “The Liverpool City Region visitor economy has continued to grow in the wake of Eurovision.

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“Targeted recruitment fairs have been both popular and very successful. This latest event is a jobs fair with a difference which aims to build on that momentum by giving people a real feel for some of the roles available.

“It will also show that hospitality and leisure can be a stable, rewarding and long-term career.”

In October 2022, Be More – a new, all-in-one training and careers portal, complete with an AI-powered app – was launched to connect residents with employment and opportunities.

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