In order to fill hundreds of positions before the Eurovision Song Contest, a pop-up Eurovision job centre has opened in Liverpool ONE.
The Eurovision and Beyond one-stop shop, is located in the tourist information centre on Wall Street, and is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Monday to Saturday, until the end of May.
As the city region prepares to receive an extra 100,000 visitors in May for the renowned music competition, hundreds of jobs are available in the hospitality and visitor economy sectors as well as security, logistics, and retail.
Vacancies include supervisor/team leader roles along with specific trades such as baristas, food and beverage operators, chefs, porters, security guards and retail assistants/leaders and many of the positions on offer are permanent too.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) employment advisors will be on hand to support job seekers who will also be able to sign up for training courses to improve their chances of finding work in the sectors.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has joined forces with the DWP, Liverpool ONE, Liverpool City Council and Growth Platform to open the one-stop shop.
The initiative builds on a highly successful Eurovision jobs fair held at the ACC Liverpool in March that attracted 43 employers and over 1,500 job seekers. An estimated 65 positions were filled on the day with over 1500 work trials and secondary interviews offered as a result of the fair.
And this Thursday (27 April) around 600 people are expected at a follow up jobs fair at The Liner Hotel on Lord Nelson Street in Liverpool from 10:30am until 12:30pm, featuring around 25 employers. Eurovision jobs fairs have been held in all six boroughs of the Liverpool City Region.
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Executive Director for Investment and Delivery, Aileen Jones, said:
“Eurovision is massively important for the Liverpool City Region and will give a huge boost to our visitor economy, creating real opportunities for local people.
“With 100,000 extra visitors expected and a global TV audience of more than 160 million viewers last year we know the eyes of the world will be on us, and we are determined to do the city region and Ukraine proud.
“Filling vacancies in our hospitality sector is vitally important to ensuring visitors to Eurovision, and the other world-class events we host, have the best possible experience and want to come back.
“That’s why we’re working so hard with our partners to connect jobseekers to the opportunities available out there, providing employment and careers and making our visitor economy stronger.”
Janet Nuzum, Visitor Economy Sector Manager at Growth Platform – Liverpool City Region Growth Company said:
“Events such as Eurovision give us an opportunity to highlight our city region and the significant role that hospitality plays in making sure all our visitors have an exceptional time when they come here.
“Vital to that visitor experience is the warm welcome visitors receive from local people in vital roles in our hospitality, tourism and retail sectors particularly and it’s key to put businesses and people looking for opportunities together.
“This one-stop shop is a really important element of our work ensuring that local businesses have the people they need and local people can access the opportunities available to them.”
Linda Usher, Senior Employer and Partner Lead for the DWP, added:
“It’s crucial that people of all ages and backgrounds have the chance to progress and take full advantage of the opportunities created by events such as Eurovision.
“Through this one-stop shop, and the other events we have been organising across the city region, we are able to provide people with the support they need to access those opportunities.”
Donna Howitt, Place Strategy Director at Liverpool ONE says:
“Providing a world-class experience to visitors coming to the region for Eurovision is all about offering exceptional service and a warm welcome. We are pleased to support the drive for recruitment at this time, to ensure the sector thrives both during and well beyond Eurovision.”
Around 100,000 extra visitors are expected in the city region when Liverpool hosts Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine in May.
It is hoped opportunities created by Eurovision will inspire people to consider a career in the diverse and vibrant visitor sector which includes museums, theatres, venues, restaurants, hotels, bars, shops and transport
Eurovision is predicted to be directly worth around £25m to the city region economy when it takes over Liverpool next May and looking at the impact on previous host cities, it could also increase tourism to the city by up to 5% a year – which equates to over £250m extra revenue by 2026.