On Monday 17 November 2014, a Local Employment Advisory Forumwas held in Rotherham bringing local organisations, businesses and government agencies together to tackle worklessness at a grassroots level. The information zone offered practical support, advice and guidance on specific job skills for people who are not working.The event, which Morrison delivered in partnership with RotherhamMetropolitan Borough Council and Job Centre Plus, was a huge success with over 1,000 people attending including school and
college students and people wanting to find out about local training and employment opportunities. Exhibitors from over 50 local and national businesses and organisations were on hand to offer advice and information. In addition to this local colleges provided cooking and stage make-up demonstrations.The event coincided with Youth Enterprise Week and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council presented its Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Sam Goddard of Response Vehicle Lighting. Two young people received job offers on the day and one of them immediately tookup a position with a local hotel.Alan Long, Executive Director, Mears said: “We set up the Local Employment Advisory Forums to provide advice on employment, skills and training. We believe that offering information, advice and guidance is a step towards tackling worklessness and assisting people on their journey to employment. We were delighted to host this event and work with our partners Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Job Centre Plus to support local people to find out more about improving their skills and offering information to help them succeed in their training and employment goals.”As part of Morrison Rotherham’s Tackling Loneliness partnership with Age UK, there was an information and volunteer recruitment stand for Age UK’s local befriending project which currently has twenty people waiting for a ‘friend’. Four new volunteers signed up on the spot.Malcolm Thornton, MD, Proten Environmental said: "We were delighted with the response from the young people and the adults whoattended the recruitment exhibition. We issued several leaflets to those who expressed an interest and are hopeful of generating additional labour involvement in the Sheffield region."Mears Rotherham wasselected as a winner of Youth Business International's High Impact award for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, in recognition of thecontribution to the 2014campaign.