Major jobs fair moves to new venue due to storm damage at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium

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Seven Trent is moving its Big Boost for Brum jobs fair to a new venue after Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium “considerably damaged” in storms last weekend (July 8)

Severn Trent is set to stage its Big Boost for Brum jobs fair at Millennium Point after it was postponed following damage at St Andrew’s Stadium.

The water company was due to host the event at Birmingham City’s ground on Monday (July 10), but it said that the torrential rain during the thunderstorms had “caused considerable damage to the venue” - leaving some areas of the building out of bounds.

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Severn Trent is now holding the Big Boost from Brum at Millennium Point on Wednesday, July 19 where hundreds of jobs, employability skills training and cost of living support will be offered.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the free event which will run from 10am to 3pm and is being held in partnership with some of the West Midlands’ biggest employers, including Pertemps, National Express, Cadent Gas, Kier and Network Plus, Pet XI training, Job Centre Plus,  all with live full and part time jobs available.

As well as a huge array of jobs being available, people will be able to learn new employability skills, including CV writing and having mock interviews using virtual reality headsets. The technology allows for people to practise and develop their interview techniques in a safe environment, and get on the spot interview feedback. There will also be support from mental health charity Mind, Citizens Advice and information on free digital skills training from SCC Academy.

What has Birmingham City said about the flood damage at St Andrews?

A statement from Birmingham City on Sunday, read: “Due to torrential rain, leading to flooding on the evening of Saturday 8 July, a number of areas at St. Andrew’s are out of bounds. This includes a number of hospitality boxes, lounges and suites at the Stadium.

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“Resultantly, the Severn Trent Big Boost for Brum Event, due to be held at St. Andrew’s on Monday 10 July has been postponed. The intention is for this to be rescheduled at a later date and the Club apologises for any inconvenience caused.”

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What has Severn Trent said about the Big Boost for Brum jobs fair in its own words?

Severn Trent’s Big Boost for Brum forms part of Severn Trent’s ten-year programme where the company says it is looking to support 100,000 people living in the Midlands out of water poverty and into work, and was launched last year in East Birmingham. It comes after the company announced it is creating 1,000 jobs for the Midlands over the next two years.

Ravinder Masih, Social Sustainability Lead at Severn Trent said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming everybody to our Big Boost for Brum event and still have a great line of up employers, free training, and lots of brilliant opportunities on offer.  We knew it was important to reschedule the event as soon as possible and are delighted to have quickly secured a new date and fantastic venue, ensuring that we continue to help connect the people of Birmingham, with available jobs and opportunities.”

Ravi added: “We’d encourage anyone to come and see us on Wednesday, whether you’re seeking work, want a career change, need some advice, or are looking to enhance your skills or grow your confidence, there will be something for everyone. And for anyone who now has to travel a bit further, we’re still offering the discounted travel from National Express, to help make it easier for people to reach the new Big Boost for Brum venue, Millennium Point.”

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Anyone who already registered will have been contacted and their place is still secured, anyone else looking to register and benefit from the discounted bus travel, please visit the Eventbrite page at: Big Boost for Brum =

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