A JOB fair was held at Alloa Town Hall over the weekend, with locals attending in the search for new opportunities.

Hosted annually by Keith Brown, MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, the fair was held on Friday, February 2.

This was the ninth iteration of the annual event, running every year since 2013 with the exception of three years during the Covid pandemic.

A range of stalls were set up in the town hall, including Clackmannanshire Citizens Advice Bureau, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, Diageo, the University of Stirling, Owens-Illinois glass manufacturers, Forth Valley College, Ceteris Ltd, the Carousel Training Centre and Cera care, among others.

The job fair attracted a good turnout from people who may have been local jobseekers, those seeking voluntary opportunities and school pupils from Clacks schools.

Mr Brown said: “It was great to host another successful job fair in Alloa last week.

“This year’s event was particularly busy with both attendees and potential employers – a great sign after returning last year after a brief Covid related hiatus.

“It is truly great to see ‘business as usual’ in full flow in Alloa this year.

“The highlight is always being in the room, talking to employers and residents about what opportunities are on offer and what they’re looking for – but a particular highlight this year was hearing from an employer who had themselves first been recruited at one of my job fairs around a decade ago.

“After the event, I received many positive messages from the organisations in attendance, sharing their positive experience at the event – in some cases organising interviews there and then.

“I also received positive messages from residents who were in attendance – and I wish them all well for the future.”