SOME of the region's biggest industry names "proved their commitment to local people" by attending a village jobs fair.

Hitachi, Arriva North East and the British military were among just a few organisations to showcase a raft of opportunities to job-seekers at the event today (April 22) at Trimdon Station Community Centre, in County Durham.

MP Phil Wilson, who was invited to open the event, said: "Having all these employers including the military, Arriva and Hitachi just goes to prove their commitment to recruiting local people.

"This is a way of ensuring that people who need employment can get as close to employers as possible."

The fair was arranged by East Durham Trust’s Community Organiser project, funded by Coalfield’s Regeneration Trust and Locality.

An extensive list of potential employers, recruitment agencies, training organisations, education providers and other support services were 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.”

The event was one of a number to be held in the area.

For more information contact Angela Watson, Coalfields Community Organiser on 01429 882200.