New jobs a vital boost to the local economy
Health Minister, Edwin Poots today on his first visit to the new South West Acute Hospital, attended a job fair hosted by the Western Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the Department of Employment and Learning where 100 new jobs are on offer in the new hospital which opens in June 2012.
The fair took place in the Clinton Centre, Enniskillen and those attending were able to enquire about new jobs created for a service area responsible for catering, housekeeping, laundry, and portering duties in the new South West Acute hospital.
Speaking during the fair, Health Minister Edwin Poots said: “This is a welcome boost to the local economy in Fermanagh and Tyrone. I am delighted to be at the Western Trust’s recruitment fair today lending my support. This is the second day of the fair and staff are delighted with the interest so far. I would greatly encourage applications for these new posts. From the interest here today I have no doubt this is an excellent opportunity to those interested in applying to chat with staff, complete an application form and be interviewed for their desired position all in one day.”
He continued: “With opportunities in the current job market being harder to come by it is absolutely fantastic that these jobs being created are coming to Fermanagh and Tyrone.”
Western Trust Chairman, Gerard Guckian in welcoming the Health Minister to the recruitment fair said: “I am delighted to welcome the Minister to our recruitment fair. The Western Trust goes to great effort to attract local people from the Tyrone and Fermanagh area to work in our hospitals and services.”
“These jobs are vital to the successful running of this new £270million acute hospital. It is wonderful to see at first hand the commitment of people here today and the fact that they want to make a contribution to making the new hospital a success.”
“I am thrilled Minister Poots has taken time out of his busy schedule to see the enthusiasm amongst the applicants. This event is designed to encourage applications and I wish everyone well in fulfilling their interest in a career with the Western Trust.”
Commenting on the countdown towards the June opening, Western Trust Chief Executive, Elaine Way said: “The excitement and build up to the opening of the new South West Hospital is very real. It is essential that a strong support services team is in place to meet the increased demands of the new facility. Support services staff are relied upon by both patients and staff for a wide variety of duties.”