Severn Trent and Derby City Council host to ‘Big Jobs Boost for Derby’

Wednesday 25th October 2023

Hundreds of local jobs, free employability skills training, and cost of living and bill support is coming to Pride Park - as Severn Trent and Derby City Council are joining forces to host ‘Big Boost for Derby’.

Taking place on Wednesday 22nd November between 10am and 2pm at Pride Park football Stadium, Severn Trent and Derby Jobs, by Derby City Council will be joined by other organisations such as the NHS, Rolls Royce, Trent Barton and National Trust as it holds its first, collaborative jobs fair for the community.

As well as a huge array of jobs and apprenticeships being available, people will be able to get a head-start on applying with the interactive employability skills sessions available for free.

People have the chance to have one to one support on their CVs and practice their interview technique using virtual reality headsets where they get on the spot feedback. Mental health, cost of living signposting and bill support will be also available.

Severn Trent will also be looking to recruit for current local roles available in its Raynesway-based planning and scheduling team with hiring managers at the event.

Elizabeth Heath, Societal Lead at Severn Trent said: “We’re excited to be coming together with Derby City Council to bring jobs and opportunities to the people of Derby. This collaboration will see hundreds of available jobs under one roof, with the support of other fantastic employers from across the city. We also have plenty of support for anyone who may need an extra hand before applying, such as cv writing skills workshops, confidence building and feeling job ready, or even on the spot interview practice using virtual reality headsets.

“This event builds on the work Severn Trent is already doing in Derby, where we’ve been working in the hearts of the communities building employability skills, so we’re excited now to join forces and connect communities with employers, and welcome those who are either looking to find work, make a career change or build new skills.”

Councillor John Whitby, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Care, Learning and Skills at Derby City Council, said: “We know how important good employment is for lifting people out of poverty and improving life chances, but looking for work, or a way to update your skills, can be a daunting experience.  This is a great chance for job seekers to come and speak to potential employers face-to-face, see what opportunities are out there and get the support they need.

These events can’t be done without active involvement of employers and we’re pleased to work in partnership with Severn Trent, through the Derby Jobs brokerage service.” 

The Severn Trent and Derby Jobs ‘Big boost for Derby’, supports Severn Trent’s ambitions to help 100,000 people currently living in the Midlands, and supporting them into work and out of water poverty.

Severn Trent has collaborated with Derby City Council on the event to bring even more jobs and opportunities together all under one roof, making it easier and more accessible for those looking for work, or training and support.

The company first brought its plans to Derby earlier in the year, where it’s since been working in the hearts of local communities such as Normanton and delivering vital jobs skills and training to those living in the community.

The ‘Big Boost for Derby’ also comes after Severn Trent recently announced it will be creating 7,000 jobs for the Midlands as it announced a £12.9bn investment for the region for 2025-2030.

Anyone wanting to attend the event, can register for free over at Eventbrite here: