The National Job Fair & Training Expo

The National Job Fair & Training Expo

September 21, 2009 13:05 ET

Positive Vibes and Golden Career Opportunities Are Back With The National Job Fair & Training Expo to Take Place This Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto

Canada's most established, comprehensive and influential recruitment event returns to Toronto September 22 and 23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North building, Exhibition Hall C

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - The National Job Fair & Training Expo, presented in collaboration with the Toronto SUN, 24 Hours and Employment Ontario offers thousands of jobs, entrepreneurship opportunities, training and education offers, study and work abroad options and a multitude of career services in all sectors. Visitors will be able to meet with more than 700 recruiters, career specialists, HR professionals and admission officers, thanks to the presence of approximately 150 exhibitors from Ontario and other provinces.

This is exactly what job hunters, transition seekers and those looking for a second career or new career options will access by attending the 15th edition of The National Job Fair & Training Expo this Tuesday September 22 and Wednesday September 23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both days.

Attending candidates will benefit from the fair's dynamic, prospective and unique network environment. With an average attendance of over 10,000 visitors in seven years and a record-breaking attendance of over 13,000 attendees at the last spring event, this is the busiest recruitment event in Ontario. This fall, 12,000 to 14,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Job offers will go from full-time, part-time, temporary, seasonal, casual and volunteer positions for candidates with extensive or limited experience, not to mention the many career options available onsite through educational, training and career service organizations. Canadians, New Canadians, Newcomers, Professionals and technical personnel, interdisciplinary individuals, bilingual (English-French) individuals, internationally trained individuals, as well as new graduates and students are welcome to attend. Employment opportunities will cover the Greater Toronto Area and its outlying regions, other municipalities in Ontario, other provinces and abroad.

"Good opportunities are available," says President, Founder and Show Manager Daniel Levesque. "It is a must to attend because career is a lifelong process. It is particularly true in our fast changing world, where most individuals face social, economic and cultural environment challenges in today's world. These challenges are particularly intense this year. A good strategy to face these challenges is to keep an eye on different career options on a continued basis. These options are what this event brings to the community in an unequalled face-to-face interaction and network environment," Levesque says.

The National Job Fair & Training Expo created an environment that supports employment in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario as well as in other parts of the country and abroad. These two days will have a positive impact on candidates as well as exhibitors. Face-to-face interaction and network are still considered the best way to find a job today and this is exactly what the fair is all about. At every stage of an individual's career, it is vital to stay connected with the employment market, especially nowadays.

Top-notch features

The fair extends over four main pavilions. The Employment Pavilion has six featured zones: The Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec City, Relocation, Canadian Government and Retail recruitment zones. The three other pavilions are dedicated to Training & Education (national and international), Career Services and Entrepreneurship. The fair is completed with several interactive activities supporting the career development of all attendees, such as free New Canadians Employment Consulting Centre, free Professional Resume Assessment Centre, the Career Posting Zone, 17 public presentations and 12 entrepreneurship seminars.

Ontario: Largest pool of employers at the fair

It is no surprise that Ontario represents the largest contingent of employers, training and education facilities and career service organizations. They are from across the province. The Ontario government, through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), supports this employment initiative as major sponsor for their 11th participation.

"Employment Ontario is more than a strong partner. We have a long-standing history of face-to-face service to the more than 130,000 job seekers and individuals in career transition that walked the fair since their first participation in 2003. With its support, Employment Ontario helps the fair to develop and back all aspects of employment, education and career services in the community", says Daniel Levesque.

Also, Louis D'Alonzo, Service Delivery Manager, MTCU, will do a presentation. His presentation, Apprenticeship Training in Ontario, is not to be missed. Scheduled on Wednesday, September 23, at 4:00 p.m. at the Public Presentation Area, this presentation will be an introduction to how apprenticeship training works in Ontario, how it benefits employers, workers and Ontario's economy.

Thousands of jobs for grabs in Saskatchewan

Returning from its introductory participation at the fall 2008 fair, the Saskatchewan government leads a contingent of close to 10 companies in the third presentation of the Saskatchewan Recruitment Zone, which promise to be a major draw at the fair once again. Saskatchewan continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 5% (seasonally-adjusted), Statistics Canada reports. This low employment rate makes it harder for recruiters to find the candidates they are seeking for to fill positions in various field.

"I think we can expect to see our economy continue to get stronger as the rest of the Canadian economy starts growing again," says Rob Norris, minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour. The government will promote SaskJobs.ca, Saskatchewan's largest job-matching website. Today's count indicates that there are 6,016 private-and public-sector jobs posted on the website Saskjobs.ca, many of which will be up for grabs at the event.

Quebec City: A new recruitment zone

Working in Quebec/Travailler a Quebec is a recruitment initiative devoted to promoting Quebec City's numerous employment opportunities as well as its growing economic diversity and overall vitality. A collaborative effort of both Emploi-Quebec Capitale-Nationale and the Quebec City Chamber of Commerce, Working in Quebec's main goal is to present the region as a strong contender in the labour market. Visitors will meet their employers at the Working in Quebec booth in the Quebec City Recruitment Zone.

"Quebec City is currently going through a period of demographic upheaval due to a low birth rate and the 49,000 workers expected to leave for their retirement from now until 2012", says project coordinator Melissa Hogan, from the Quebec Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was mandated by Emploi-Quebec to promote on a national level the many job opportunities offered by the region.

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is participating for the first time in The National Job Fair & Training Expo. If it's the best place in the world to see icebergs, there's another cold, hard fact that makes Newfoundland and Labrador attractive: it's looking to fill a range of professional and technical positions with specialized qualifications.

From its booth in the Relocation Recruitment Zone (Employment Pavilion), staff will share information about opportunities that include information management professionals, municipal planners, pharmacists, epidemiologists, environmental health inspectors, boiler pressure vessel inspectors, electrical and welding inspectors, engineers, communications professionals and social workers.

Government of Canada presence

The Canadian Government Recruitment Zone is back for the second time for the fall 2009 fair. Participating organizations from the federal government will be located together to offer employment and career opportunities and information services to the candidates visiting this area.

New: Study and work abroad opportunities

New to the National Job Fair & Training Expo, international experience becomes part of the event with the introduction of an international component in the training and education and employment fields. "Educational facilities will offer undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses in England, Switzerland, Spain, Australia and China, and international volunteering offers in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. We should see an increasing international presence at the fair in 2010," says Levesque.

Services of great value for attendees

The New Canadians Employment Consulting Centre, presented in partnership with ACCES Employment Services, will offer free individual sessions with a professional employment counsellor. The sessions will help to discover the essential steps Newcomers need to build a successful career and life in Ontario and Canada.

The Resume Professional Assessment Centre, presented in partnership with The Career Foundation, will offer its unique free resume critique session and career development assessment session by professional career counsellors. New to this fair: While waiting for individual session, visitors looking for advice can be part of new and helpful workshops hosted by The Career Foundation.

Other highlights include the Career Posting Zone, presented in collaboration with Employment News, with hundreds of jobs posted, career training programs, education programs and career services; free presentations; free entrepreneurship seminars; and a documentation centre providing literature on featured exhibitors.

The National Job Fair & Training Expo has reached such magnitude that it became Canada's largest and most comprehensive recruitment event open to the general public, thanks to the dynamism and professionalism that has distinguished the fair over the last 7.5 years.

In recent fairs, there has also been an increase in Canadian provincial (Ontario, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and Alberta) and federal government involvement and participation, which is an indication of significant recognition.

The National Job Fair & Training Expo has known only success and growth development since its inception in 2002 and has gradually grown through the delivery of quality fairs. General admission is $3.95 per person. Visit www.TheNationalJobFair.com to learn more.

The list of exhibitors is available on the website at www.thenationaljobfair.com/visitors/list.php.

The National Job Fair & Training Expo is produced by Canada's no. 1 organization specializing in recruitment events with more than 500 exhibitors and over 50,000 visitors yearly in Toronto and Montreal.

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