A BIG careers fair will be just the job for people seeking employment.

The event, set to be the largest in Blackburn with Darwen, takes place on September 14 within Blackburn Cathedral and its grounds.

It will bring work hopefuls face to face with prospective employers and educational establishments.

More than 90 employers, businesses, charities, apprenticeship and education providers will be on hand to discuss opportunities in the borough.

The event has been organised in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackburn College, the Hive business network, Cummins Mellor, Northcote, Lancashire Employment and Skills Executive Partnership and Organic Insurance.

Cllr Phil Riley, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for regeneration, recommended the fair for all.

He said: “I would urge as many young people as possible to attend this event.

“Blackburn with Darwen has a thriving business network and this is a chance to get in front of some of those businesses and make some valuable connections to help kick-start your career or further education.”

Businesses across many sectors will be represented, from leisure, construction and engineering, IT, finance, legal, transport, retail, public sector, creative industries, manufacturing, education and training providers to the community and voluntary sector.

The event, which runs from 10am to 4pm, is open to people of any age, from prospective school leavers to older individuals.

It can be attended by pupils aged at least 15, further and higher education students and those not in employment, education or training.

A number of short workshops will also be on offer, aiming to support people in the recruitment process.

Nick Hall, business engagement manager at Blackburn College, said: “This is really important, as one of the challenges the borough has is retaining its young talent, as often people are not aware of what is on their doorstep.

“It’s a great opportunity to be able to connect businesses that have real jobs to potential jobseekers.”