Job offer joy at Darwen employment fair

First published in News

STEPHEN Ineson’s life took a downward turn last year when he had to move out of his mum’s house because she couldn’t afford to look after him and his two younger brothers.

The 19-year-old went to live at Darwen’s James Street Project, a supported housing scheme for single homeless people in the town.

But today, (SAT) Stephen will start work after being offered a job at The Bridgewater pub in the town centre.

Pub manager Adam Hulme was one of a number of employers who took part in Darwen Jobs Fair at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy yesterday.

And he was so moved by Stephen’s story that he offered him the job, as a cleaner and cellar worker, there and then.

He said: “The plan was always to recruit someone today as I knew last week that I had a vacancy.

“I decided to wait until today rather than advertise the job as this gave me an opportunity to meet people face to face.

“I already employ someone from the James Street Project.

“I believe people need a chance and some people won’t give them that.”

Stephen said: “I offered to move out of my mum’s house because she couldn’t afford to look after us all.

“She is managing okay now but it has been a real challenge for me and I have stuck it out.

“This is my first job and I am really proud of myself.”

The fair was organised by town MP Jake Berry and attended by more than 500 keen jobseekers.

There were representatives from a host of firms, including WEC, Crown Paints, Warburtons, the police and Capita, with hundreds of jobs on offer.

Mr Berry said: “There are just over 600 people in Darwen claiming Jobseekers Allowance and at least 300 vacancies here today, so we can put a big dint in the town’s unemployment figures.

“I have been overwhelmed by the response of all the Darreners who have come here.”

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6:36pm Sat 31 May 14

the beaver says...

So this is why liebor want to gang up to oust MP Jake Berry He set up a jobs fair to get his town jobs. Less votes if the towns prosper wish Blackburn had an MP like Jake working for the people. this shower in Blackburn just line there own pockets what good have any of them done?
So this is why liebor want to gang up to oust MP Jake Berry He set up a jobs fair to get his town jobs. Less votes if the towns prosper wish Blackburn had an MP like Jake working for the people. this shower in Blackburn just line there own pockets what good have any of them done? the beaver
  • Score: 23

8:28pm Sat 31 May 14

woolywords says...

Hey..it's one job, let's love it..

in this bit I'm supposed to decry the job thing, but...
he got a job.

He got a job, for flocks sake....
In Darwen..
Of all places, Darwen, a job?

Can you not, at least feel a sense of, a job?
Were it not legal, I'd set off fireworks..

Well done, young man, a job in Darwen,
though most of them, are filled by women,
where lesser things than, aspired men,
could hope to...


fill in the blanks
Hey..it's one job, let's love it.. in this bit I'm supposed to decry the job thing, but... he got a job. He got a job, for flocks sake.... In Darwen.. Of all places, Darwen, a job? Can you not, at least feel a sense of, a job? Were it not legal, I'd set off fireworks.. Well done, young man, a job in Darwen, though most of them, are filled by women, where lesser things than, aspired men, could hope to... fill in the blanks woolywords
  • Score: -32

10:11pm Sat 31 May 14

Helsbels1801 says...

Well done bro I'm so proud of you . love ya lots from ya big sis x
Well done bro I'm so proud of you . love ya lots from ya big sis x Helsbels1801
  • Score: 31

1:43am Sun 1 Jun 14

fireonthemountain says...

Well done Stephen - good luck mate .

Superb decision Adam - well impressed at your willingness
to give someone a chance .

And of course well done to Jake Berry .

There's a man who genuinely cares about Darwen .

Jake - I look forward to the 2015 General Election , when I
am sure you will be voted in again and can keep up the good work .

Thankfully , i feel sure no-one in Darwen will vote for whats-his-name .
The son of someone who did nothing for Darwen , you know , the lad who was cautioned for drug dealing . Has he ever had a proper job in the real world ?

Not sure of my facts here .

Oh - just remind me - what did Janet Anderson ever do for us ?

I welcome (polite) comments .
Well done Stephen - good luck mate . Superb decision Adam - well impressed at your willingness to give someone a chance . And of course well done to Jake Berry . There's a man who genuinely cares about Darwen . Jake - I look forward to the 2015 General Election , when I am sure you will be voted in again and can keep up the good work . Thankfully , i feel sure no-one in Darwen will vote for whats-his-name . The son of someone who did nothing for Darwen , you know , the lad who was cautioned for drug dealing . Has he ever had a proper job in the real world ? Not sure of my facts here . Oh - just remind me - what did Janet Anderson ever do for us ? I welcome (polite) comments . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 17

8:57pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Shane says...

Is this Britain in 2014. A young man having to volunteer to move out of his house because his mother can't afford to look after him? My grandfather's first memories were standing on a table being measured up for adoption when his family couldn't afford to look after him. That was probably over 90 years ago and it seems we're not much better off?

Well done and good luck Stephen I hope you make a go of it.

Well done also Jake Berry
Is this Britain in 2014. A young man having to volunteer to move out of his house because his mother can't afford to look after him? My grandfather's first memories were standing on a table being measured up for adoption when his family couldn't afford to look after him. That was probably over 90 years ago and it seems we're not much better off? Well done and good luck Stephen I hope you make a go of it. Well done also Jake Berry Shane
  • Score: 20

3:33pm Mon 2 Jun 14

We'll win the next one says...

woolywords wrote:
Hey..it's one job, let's love it.. in this bit I'm supposed to decry the job thing, but... he got a job. He got a job, for flocks sake.... In Darwen.. Of all places, Darwen, a job? Can you not, at least feel a sense of, a job? Were it not legal, I'd set off fireworks.. Well done, young man, a job in Darwen, though most of them, are filled by women, where lesser things than, aspired men, could hope to... fill in the blanks
fill in the blanks - You are a monumental b*ll e*d ? Fill in the * !
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Hey..it's one job, let's love it.. in this bit I'm supposed to decry the job thing, but... he got a job. He got a job, for flocks sake.... In Darwen.. Of all places, Darwen, a job? Can you not, at least feel a sense of, a job? Were it not legal, I'd set off fireworks.. Well done, young man, a job in Darwen, though most of them, are filled by women, where lesser things than, aspired men, could hope to... fill in the blanks[/p][/quote]fill in the blanks - You are a monumental b*ll e*d ? Fill in the * ! We'll win the next one
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

english rose 1 says...

the beaver wrote:
So this is why liebor want to gang up to oust MP Jake Berry He set up a jobs fair to get his town jobs. Less votes if the towns prosper wish Blackburn had an MP like Jake working for the people. this shower in Blackburn just line there own pockets what good have any of them done?
Liebor - wow ! What an original comment beaver. Bit like CONDEM or CONS !
Your insight is stunning.
*
Now let's get the facts straight:
*
Job fairs are a good thing. BwD Council (the one run by 'liebor') has organised many job fairs.
Jake organised the job fair after an instruction by Tory Central Office. How do I know that ? As many other Tory MP's in marginal seats have done EXACTLY the same thing !
*
The 'shower' in Blackburn have the LOWEST expenses of any unitary or county authority in the country. And have had no rise in allowances for 5 years - even voting themselves a 10% cut. So not exactly lining their own pockets eh ?
*
Now, having said job fairs are a good thing, how many jobs has Mr Berry cost us in Darwen ?? He voted and supports a cut in Govt grant of £53.1m for our Borough (10/11 to 14/15). This works out at £268 per head cut in BwD. The jobs lost cost the Council (i.e you the taxpayer) about £7m in redundancy payments!) In Wokingham and Basingstoke this is just £27 per head over the same period. He also supported a 25% cut in funding to the Police (10,000 front line officers lost) and a 25% cut in our Fire Service.
*
No-one is criticising the jobs-fair - but try to look at the bigger picture !
[quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: So this is why liebor want to gang up to oust MP Jake Berry He set up a jobs fair to get his town jobs. Less votes if the towns prosper wish Blackburn had an MP like Jake working for the people. this shower in Blackburn just line there own pockets what good have any of them done?[/p][/quote]Liebor - wow ! What an original comment beaver. Bit like CONDEM or CONS ! Your insight is stunning. * Now let's get the facts straight: * Job fairs are a good thing. BwD Council (the one run by 'liebor') has organised many job fairs. Jake organised the job fair after an instruction by Tory Central Office. How do I know that ? As many other Tory MP's in marginal seats have done EXACTLY the same thing ! * The 'shower' in Blackburn have the LOWEST expenses of any unitary or county authority in the country. And have had no rise in allowances for 5 years - even voting themselves a 10% cut. So not exactly lining their own pockets eh ? * Now, having said job fairs are a good thing, how many jobs has Mr Berry cost us in Darwen ?? He voted and supports a cut in Govt grant of £53.1m for our Borough (10/11 to 14/15). This works out at £268 per head cut in BwD. The jobs lost cost the Council (i.e you the taxpayer) about £7m in redundancy payments!) In Wokingham and Basingstoke this is just £27 per head over the same period. He also supported a 25% cut in funding to the Police (10,000 front line officers lost) and a 25% cut in our Fire Service. * No-one is criticising the jobs-fair - but try to look at the bigger picture ! english rose 1
  • Score: -6

10:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

georgieRTID says...

english rose 1 wrote:
the beaver wrote:
So this is why liebor want to gang up to oust MP Jake Berry He set up a jobs fair to get his town jobs. Less votes if the towns prosper wish Blackburn had an MP like Jake working for the people. this shower in Blackburn just line there own pockets what good have any of them done?
Liebor - wow ! What an original comment beaver. Bit like CONDEM or CONS !
Your insight is stunning.
*
Now let's get the facts straight:
*
Job fairs are a good thing. BwD Council (the one run by 'liebor') has organised many job fairs.
Jake organised the job fair after an instruction by Tory Central Office. How do I know that ? As many other Tory MP's in marginal seats have done EXACTLY the same thing !
*
The 'shower' in Blackburn have the LOWEST expenses of any unitary or county authority in the country. And have had no rise in allowances for 5 years - even voting themselves a 10% cut. So not exactly lining their own pockets eh ?
*
Now, having said job fairs are a good thing, how many jobs has Mr Berry cost us in Darwen ?? He voted and supports a cut in Govt grant of £53.1m for our Borough (10/11 to 14/15). This works out at £268 per head cut in BwD. The jobs lost cost the Council (i.e you the taxpayer) about £7m in redundancy payments!) In Wokingham and Basingstoke this is just £27 per head over the same period. He also supported a 25% cut in funding to the Police (10,000 front line officers lost) and a 25% cut in our Fire Service.
*
No-one is criticising the jobs-fair - but try to look at the bigger picture !
Oh look its kate holern or one of her merry men.

bit awkward for you this but i know that the lib dem mp in burnley had a jobs fair quite regularly. cos i've been. it seems like the only political party that dont want ppl to get jobs is labour... i wonder why... not. and apparently the police were at darwen jobs fair asking for new recruits, so much for losing *picks random number* policemen. you should stop lying. i would also like to see evidence of these 'many jobs fairs' that the council has run. i've just googled it and the only thing that came up was this darwen jobs fair that the council had nothing to do?
[quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the beaver[/bold] wrote: So this is why liebor want to gang up to oust MP Jake Berry He set up a jobs fair to get his town jobs. Less votes if the towns prosper wish Blackburn had an MP like Jake working for the people. this shower in Blackburn just line there own pockets what good have any of them done?[/p][/quote]Liebor - wow ! What an original comment beaver. Bit like CONDEM or CONS ! Your insight is stunning. * Now let's get the facts straight: * Job fairs are a good thing. BwD Council (the one run by 'liebor') has organised many job fairs. Jake organised the job fair after an instruction by Tory Central Office. How do I know that ? As many other Tory MP's in marginal seats have done EXACTLY the same thing ! * The 'shower' in Blackburn have the LOWEST expenses of any unitary or county authority in the country. And have had no rise in allowances for 5 years - even voting themselves a 10% cut. So not exactly lining their own pockets eh ? * Now, having said job fairs are a good thing, how many jobs has Mr Berry cost us in Darwen ?? He voted and supports a cut in Govt grant of £53.1m for our Borough (10/11 to 14/15). This works out at £268 per head cut in BwD. The jobs lost cost the Council (i.e you the taxpayer) about £7m in redundancy payments!) In Wokingham and Basingstoke this is just £27 per head over the same period. He also supported a 25% cut in funding to the Police (10,000 front line officers lost) and a 25% cut in our Fire Service. * No-one is criticising the jobs-fair - but try to look at the bigger picture ![/p][/quote]Oh look its kate holern or one of her merry men. bit awkward for you this but i know that the lib dem mp in burnley had a jobs fair quite regularly. cos i've been. it seems like the only political party that dont want ppl to get jobs is labour... i wonder why... not. and apparently the police were at darwen jobs fair asking for new recruits, so much for losing *picks random number* policemen. you should stop lying. i would also like to see evidence of these 'many jobs fairs' that the council has run. i've just googled it and the only thing that came up was this darwen jobs fair that the council had nothing to do? georgieRTID
  • Score: 7

12:40am Tue 3 Jun 14

english rose 1 says...

georgeRTID - I can assure you the Council has organised quite a few job fairs. Another of Jake Berry's non ideas was his 'pothole-hotline'. This was another 'instruction' from Tory Central Office that has been used by many Tory MP's. All I'm saying is that Mr Berry does not have many original ideas !
*
Are you saying that the Police budget in Lancs (and the UK in general) hasn't been cut by the Govt ??? Here are the figures for Lancashire:
Cuts of £41.8m 2010/11 to 14/15 and £60.0m by 16/17.
As with any large organisation the majority of cuts are in staffing.
Yet Mr Berry supported the daft Police Commissioner election costing £100m nationally and £1.7m in Lancashire. The 15% turnout cost us £14 per vote !
georgeRTID - I can assure you the Council has organised quite a few job fairs. Another of Jake Berry's non ideas was his 'pothole-hotline'. This was another 'instruction' from Tory Central Office that has been used by many Tory MP's. All I'm saying is that Mr Berry does not have many original ideas ! * Are you saying that the Police budget in Lancs (and the UK in general) hasn't been cut by the Govt ??? Here are the figures for Lancashire: Cuts of £41.8m 2010/11 to 14/15 and £60.0m by 16/17. As with any large organisation the majority of cuts are in staffing. Yet Mr Berry supported the daft Police Commissioner election costing £100m nationally and £1.7m in Lancashire. The 15% turnout cost us £14 per vote ! english rose 1
  • Score: -5

12:59am Tue 3 Jun 14

english rose 1 says...

georgeRTID -
The Council organised job fairs in Feb and June of last year. (I've not searched back any further, but there were some at fairly frequent intervals)
And has a 'permanent job fair' when setting up the Council related jobs Employment Agency (inc jobs in schools) a few years ago,
georgeRTID - The Council organised job fairs in Feb and June of last year. (I've not searched back any further, but there were some at fairly frequent intervals) And has a 'permanent job fair' when setting up the Council related jobs Employment Agency (inc jobs in schools) a few years ago, english rose 1
  • Score: -4

11:46am Tue 3 Jun 14

cripplingstateofaffairs says...

I am sorry but I went to this job fair and was quite demoralised by how few jobs where actually on offer! If you did not have the skills eg engineering or health/social care there was very little opportunities available on that day, there was a considerable amount of apprenticeships and trainee ships but if you already have high level qualifications you are not able to participate in these so no luck if you truly wanted a career change either. I instead went back home and applied for another 20 or so jobs which I am doing every day not just the few jobs in the local area but everywhere in the country. I would do anything for a job right now I hate being told I am too over qualified for a job or I don't have enough experience, I have life skills to which are transferable but I feel the climate we are in at current is not allowing people to be given an opportunity to pay back to society. I don't receive JSA, so please don't tarnish me as not trying enough and being lazy living on benefits because unless you are living day by day like I am at current it is quite the opposite. Well done to the lad who was given an opportunity just wish there where more employers who are willing to take someone on and give them a chance to shine
I am sorry but I went to this job fair and was quite demoralised by how few jobs where actually on offer! If you did not have the skills eg engineering or health/social care there was very little opportunities available on that day, there was a considerable amount of apprenticeships and trainee ships but if you already have high level qualifications you are not able to participate in these so no luck if you truly wanted a career change either. I instead went back home and applied for another 20 or so jobs which I am doing every day not just the few jobs in the local area but everywhere in the country. I would do anything for a job right now I hate being told I am too over qualified for a job or I don't have enough experience, I have life skills to which are transferable but I feel the climate we are in at current is not allowing people to be given an opportunity to pay back to society. I don't receive JSA, so please don't tarnish me as not trying enough and being lazy living on benefits because unless you are living day by day like I am at current it is quite the opposite. Well done to the lad who was given an opportunity just wish there where more employers who are willing to take someone on and give them a chance to shine cripplingstateofaffairs
  • Score: 4

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