With the recent economic downturn it’s easy to believe it’s more difficult for jobseekers to secure employment than ever before.

But with the Dorset Echo Jobs Fair only a few days away, two companies attending this year’s event are determined to change career prospects for job seekers on May 14.

Best Training offers a range of services for jobseekers and those already employed, including skills training, CV and interview advice and support.

The Poole-based company will be running a series of workshops at the jobs fair as well as offering advice and information.

Lin Manners, chief executive of Best Training, explained how important the jobs fair is to raise awareness among the public about the opportunities available to them, whether they are already in work or are looking for employment.

She said: “A lot of people don’t realise everyone is entitled to advice from the National Careers Service and at a time when some employees might also be threatened with redundancy, we want them to know that they can access support, re-training and CV development while they’re still in work.”

She added: “The event is a great opportunity for the public to find out about what’s available to them.

“The jobs fair can be life-changing for attendees.”

Another business looking forward to recruiting enthusiastic and caring people for support worker roles is UK Supported Living, a company that supports people with learning difficulties and promotes their independence.

Megan Hawkins, HR and recruitment administrator at UK Supported Living, said the jobs fair is a really good way of building contacts and raising the company’s profile.

“We’ve made quite a few good contacts in training and apprenticeships which has been a brilliant alternative way of recruiting staff and training them up while also giving them the experience they need.”

There’s still time for employers to sign up for the jobs fair.

For more details or to book a stall please call Emily Woodgate, recruitment advertising consultant at the Dorset Echo, on 01305 830833.