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Manchester Airport to hold jobs fair for thousands made redundant by Thomas Cook’s collapse

By David Prior at

Manchester Airport is hold a dedicated jobs fair for the thousands of North West workers who hae lost their jobs following the demise of Thomas Cook.

The event, to be held at the Runway Visitor Park between 10am and 6pm on Thursday October 3rd, will bring together dozens of organisations with thousands of vacancies that may interest those impacted by the holiday firm’s liquidation.

Employers already confirmed as attending include Manchester Airports Group itself, TUI, Jet2.com, Whitbread, RAC and the NHS.

The event will also offer one-to-one advice about work, skills and training opportunities; as well as how to claim redundancy payments, benefits, and wider wellbeing support. Among the thousands affected were staff at Thomas Cook’s branch on George Street.

Other partners who will be on hand to support attendees include Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice, the Money Advice Service, and the airport’s own Airport Academy training centre.

Former Thomas Cook and supply chain employees must register their attendance at the Employment Fair in advance by visiting this site.

The jobs fair will be held at the Runway Visitor Park

Free public transport to the event is being provided by Manchester Airport and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

It is being supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the Growth Company and the office of GM Mayor Andy Burnham, along with partners Manchester Airport, Jobcentre Plus, Citizens Advice the Money Advice Service and Unite the union.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “This Employment Fair shows how quickly Greater Manchester can pull together as a community to support those who need help and support during difficult times.

“Those people affected by Thomas Cook’s collapse will, quite understandably, be taking stock and deciding what they need to do to respond to this very challenging situation. By putting them in touch with employers across the North West who have immediate vacancies, we hope it won’t be long before they are back in work.”