More than 1,200 local job seekers attended the annual City Jobs Fair on Friday to take advantage of thousands of job and apprenticeship opportunities with local employers in a wide range of sectors.

The event was organised as part of the build up to Wolverhampton Business Programme and was held in the WV1 Suite at Molineux Stadium.

More than 40 exhibitors were in attendance to showcase the largest ever number of jobs available at the event, including opportunities with West Midlands Police, Thompson AVC, Wolverhampton Homes, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Magna Specialist Confectioners, Marston’s, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Countryside Properties, West Midlands Trains, Compton Care, Army Reserves and Fostering for Wolverhampton, among others.

A number of exhibitors were also on hand to offer advice and support on getting back to work, including Wolves@Work, Black Country Impact, Adult Education Wolverhampton, the City of Wolverhampton College and The Prince’s Trust.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "We are delighted with the number of city jobseekers we were able to empower by attracting them to Friday’s City Jobs Fair.

"We have also received very positive feedback from the employers that exhibited who appreciate the economic regeneration priorities of the city.

"They were impressed by the people they met and many of the jobseekers have been invited for interviews.

"We're optimistic about the future of the city. It is a great place to live, work, visit and do business."

The city’s annual Business Programme runs from Wednesday 18 September to Wednesday 2 October and includes a range of free events, workshops and training to support business growth. Details of these activities can be viewed at INVEST.