Thousands turn out for successful Cobalt Jobs Fair


The careers fair has been hailed a huge success after thousands of jobseekers turned out.

Up to 1,600 people registered for the Cobalt Jobs Fair – more than double the registrations in 2015

The event at Cobalt Park on Thursday 8 September where over 1,000 employment opportunities were on offer, organised by North Tyneside Council in partnership with Cobalt More Team and the main sponsor was Utilitywise.

Employers from a wide range of industries were on hand to speak to those looking for work about the various roles, from entry-level to senior positions, as well as apprenticeships and training opportunities.

The event was officially opened by North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn, who said: “It was fantastic to see such an impressive turnout for what was an extremely well organised and successful event – there were queues of people stretching out the door and round the corner.

“There is an excellent and diverse range of employers at Cobalt Park and where better to start your career, or begin a new one, than here in North Tyneside?”

Visitors were asked to complete a survey on the day about the event with more than 80 per cent rating it excellent, very good or good.

Nearly three-quarters rated the venue/location excellent or very good, 78 per cent said they thought the format of the event was effective and 83 per cent said they would recommend it to a friend.

Lynn Cramman, Business Development Manager at cobalt Park added “We were not only delighted with the number but also the calibre of the attendees for the cross range of roles available”

“The success of the event highlights how our collaborative working accorss the park supports each of our occupiers in the growth of their businesses at Cobalt”

Please see the following selection of quotes from companies based at Cobalt Park who took part in the event:

Chris Stanley, Talent Acquisition Manager at Utilitywise, who project managed the event: “Around 400 people had attended the Utilitywise stand with 300 noting their name and email addresses and over 100 CVs being handed in.”

Val Smith, Head of Recruitment at Utilitywise: “This was a thoroughly successful event which I’m glad Utilitywise was a key were a part of. Chris Stanley and the team have a wealth of experience from different departments within the business and talking to jobseekers about the different career paths open to them and how they could get involved was a valuable exercise.”

Green Zone Surveys UK Ltd
Karin Fulgenzi: “As a local business based at Cobalt, we were impressed with the organisation of this event. It was a very busy and successful event with a good turnout. We enjoyed meeting many potential new employees and are in the process of commencing interviews with some of the candidates. We look forward to the next one.” 

Sarah Graham, Senior Resourcing Consultant: “It was a great day with a huge footfall and we had lots of parents with their children who have left school or finished at college/university enquiring about all sorts of EE positions from apprenticeships to graduate schemes. The Team Leaders and Advisors that went along to represent EE had a constant stream of people at their stand and felt that the day was a success. We are excited about the

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