A dedicated employment fair for the thousands of North West workers who have lost their jobs following the demise of Thomas Cook, including supply chain employees, will be held at Manchester Airport on Thursday 3 October.
The event will bring together dozens of organisations, who together have thousands of vacancies that may interest those impacted by the announcement that the airline had entered compulsory liquidation.
It will also offer one-to-one advice and direct people to relevant sources of information, advice and guidance about work, skills and training opportunities; how to claim redundancy payments, benefits; and wider wellbeing support.
Employers already confirmed as attending include Manchester Airports Group itself, TUI, Jet2.com, Whitbread, RAC and the NHS.
The airport has also written to a wide range of companies on its campus to urge them to support the event, while other partners who will be on hand to support attendees include Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice, the Money Advice Service, and the airport’s own Airport Academy training centre.
The event will take place between 10am and 6pm and includes a rolling programme of support briefings which people must sign-up for before visiting employers and other support organisations.
Former Thomas Cook and supply chain employees must register their attendance at the Employment Fair in advance by visiting www.gmthomascook.com.
Free public transport to the event is being provided by Manchester Airport and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), details of these arrangements will be made available on the website.
It is being supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the Growth Company and the office of GM Mayor Andy Burnham, along with partners Manchester Airport, Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice the Money Advice Service and Unite the union.
News of the event follows the launch of a dedicated website for those impacted by the collapse of Thomas Cook – www.gmthomascook.com.
Mark Hughes, Chief Executive of the Growth Company and Chair of the GM Taskforce established in the wake of the announcement about Thomas Cook, said:
“This has been a very difficult time for the 3,000 former Thomas Cook employees in the North West and those in the wider supply chain. We have already been able to reach many of those affected through a dedicated website which has had over 5,000 visitors so far, and our helpline, email and drop-ins which are receiving enquiries every day.
“We hope this Employment Fair will enable us to reach out to as many of those affected as possible so we can continue to provide the right support for those who need it most. The support we have put in place through the Taskforce will be in place for as long as it is needed to ensure people have access to ongoing help beyond this initial period of uncertainty.”