MP for Sedgefield, Phil Wilson, opened the jobs fair at Trimdon Station Community Centre in County Durham, which welcomed some of the region’s biggest names.
Hitachi, Arriva North East, the British Army and the Royal Navy were among the organisations which “proved their commitment to the local people” and attended the village jobs fair.
Praising the event, Mr Wilson said “Having all these employers including the military, Arriva and Hitachi just goes to prove how businesses in the region are committed to employing local people.”
“This is a way of ensuring that people who need employment can get as close to the employers as possible.”
The jobs fair, arranged by East Durham Trust’s Community Organiser project and funded by Coalfield’s Regeneration Trust and Locality, attracted an extensive list of potential employers. Recruitment agencies, training organisations, education providers and other support services were all present.
Malcolm Fallow, chief executive officer of East Durham Trust, said: "Over 50 local people have turned out to today's event, showing a real appetite for local people to get back into the labour market.
"This really does present a case for local solutions to local issues."