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Only a few hours left to summer networking event

There are only a few hours left for graduates and students to sign up to learn about careers and job opportunities.

Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership is holding its summer networking event, which will showcase manufacturing and engineering, tomorrow, 9 July, at Lakeside Hall, Kirk Hallam Community and Technical Sports College.

The event forms part of the Partnership’s Manufacturing and Engineering Erewash initiative, aimed at celebrating and promoting businesses in the sector as well as career opportunities locally.

At last year's event more than 200 people attended and there were more than 40 exhibitors.

A number of large businesses are exhibiting including Saint-Gobain PM UK, Stanton Bonna Concrete, Tecquipment and Steed Upholstery, alongside a range of smaller businesses from the area.

The aim is to help businesses large and small make contact, interact and hopefully find mutual benefit. There will also be advice for new businesses and people wanting to start up.

But the event also gives local people, including young people, their parents, teachers and careers staff, the chance to learn about varied of local industry and careers and any jobs that may be on offer.

As the free event is being held at the college in Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, younger people attending should not feel out of place, but they could find it a valuable experience.

The local area has a proud history of manufacturing which is still the its greatest wealth creator, accounting for 20 per cent of jobs – more than twice the national average.

Businesses range from very small companies making vital components to those supplying parts for the aerospace industry, from educational equipment to furniture, from health care products to metal sculptures.

Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “This is a great opportunity for people to come and talk to and learn about local businesses, some of which are at the leading edge of new technology and exporting across the world.

“These businesses, making first class products, also need to find the right people and skills base for the future to sustain this fine tradition of manufacturing and maintain vital competitiveness.”

The event will be open to the public from 12.30-3.30pm. Anyone wishing to attend should contact the Partnership on 0115 944 3944 or visit the website www.erewash-partnership.com.