A jobs fair aimed at recruiting people into the Early Years sector will be held on Wirral later this month.

The recruitment event - taking place at The Hive in Birkenhead on Tuesday, July 16 - is designed to connect employers with individuals 'who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of young children'.

This project is funded from the Liverpool City Region’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) allocation, managed by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. The fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda, providing £2.6 billion of funding for local Investment by March 2025.

Many employers from the Early Years sector will be there, looking to meet both experienced professionals and new graduates who want to start a career with opportunities for growth.

Councillor Tony Jones,  chair of Wirral's economy, regeneration and housing committee, said: "This Jobs Fair is a fantastic opportunity for our community.

"The Early Years sector is vital for the development and wellbeing of our youngest residents, and we are committed to supporting employers in finding the skilled and dedicated workforce they need.

"I'd encourage anyone interested in this field, whether you are an experienced practitioner or just starting out, to attend and explore the opportunities available for a rewarding career.”

There will be various job opportunities, including roles in nurseries, pre-schools, and primary schools.

Employers will offer positions that require different levels of experience, making this event accessible to everyone. School teaching assistant positions as well as supporting Roles like midday school supervisors and school crossing patrols will also be available.

Residents who start working in childcare from April 2024 to March 2025 can also learn about a £1,000 cash incentive they may be eligible for.

Jane Molyneux, from Kids Planet Day Nurseries, said: "We are delighted to be attending the jobs fair and meeting people who want to join our sector, which has a wealth of opportunity and progression.

"We have three nurseries in Wirral and we are interested in meeting people who have experience as well as those who are looking for their first role in the industry as we can offer full training."

There will be information to help job seekers improve their skills and learn more about the Early Years sector, as well as advice on training.

Business representatives can find out how to get free support from Wirral Chamber, including expert advice on Business Planning, Marketing, HR, and Finance.

There will also be a session on ‘Becoming a Childminder’ from 4pm-5pm, with advice on starting a new, self-employed career that balances work and family life.

The jobs fair is part of Wirral Council’s efforts to support local employment and ensure every child in the Wirral has access to high-quality early years education and care.

Early Years employers with vacancies who want to exhibit at the event can secure a free place by emailing economicgrowthservice@wirral.gov.uk.

The Early Years sector jobs fair is on Tuesday, July 16 at The Hive in Birkenhead from 3pm-7pm. Anyone wanting to attend can simply turn up on the day. Accompanied children are welcome to along come too.