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Book your place for Jobs Lift Off

The last few places for jobseekers are available to be booked for tomorrow's Gloucestershire Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeships LiftOff.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham has organised the event at Kingsholm to tackle what he describes as the biggest challenge facing the county in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event has reached full capacity under safety rules for 40 employers and 14 panels but slots are available for jobseekers which can be booked at  while the event will be live streamed at 

And you can read full coverage of the event at - media partners for the event.

Mr Graham said: "Our aim is to highlight where the growth and opportunities are - including new Kickstarter placements - and host discussions useful for both jobseekers and small businesses.

"Despite the safety limits on how many people can come physically, anyone in the county can watch the ministers' talks and panel discussions online."

Employment Minister Mims Davies will launch the event and hold a virtual Q&A session with Apprenticeship Minister Gillian Keegan hosting a discussion on apprenticeship policy and opportunities, as well as meeting apprentices and their employers.

Job seekers will have the chance to talk to leading employers in sectors like cyber, steam technology, energy transmission and supermarkets, insurance, soft drink manufacturing, care homes, nuclear energy as well as the NHS, Armed Forces, Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucestershire County Council and all the county's universities and colleges.

Panels include:

  • How big is the cyber opportunity in Gloucestershire? (chaired by Alex Chalk MP with representatives from BAE and Raytheon)
  • The Future of Aerospace in Gloucestershire (chaired by Richard Graham MP with Airbus, Safran, GE Aviation and Darchem)
  • Upskilling opportunities in Gloucestershire (chaired by Siobhan Baillie MP with SGS College, GlosCol, University of Gloucestershire and Cirencester College)
  • Why an apprenticeship can be the best start in life (chaired by Business West's Ian Mean)
  • What makes a great CV? (chaired by former Citizen editor Jenny Eastwood with the National Careers Service, Gloucester Rugby and Poetons)
  • How to win a job from an interview (chaired by editor Mark Owen)
  • How to start a business (hosted by the Growth Hub)
  • How to digitalise your business (chaired by Rod Horrocks, GFirstLEP)

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