An employment fair which took place at Manchester Airport last week (Thursday 3rd October) was attended by over 1,000 former Thomas Cook and supply chain employees.
It comes as news yesterday (Wednesday 9th October) that 2,500 employees in the firm’s high street shops across the country will have their jobs saved after Hays Travel stepped in to purchase the stores.
After the announcement on 23rd September that the company had entered compulsory liquidation, numerous companies and individuals have come forward to support former employees of the travel agent, hotels and airline operator.
Public and private partners worked together to host the event at Manchester Airport, where former Thomas Cook staff were provided with advice and information.
Over 40 employers – with more than 6,000 vacancies in a range of sectors – were on hand to speak to potential candidates about their career options.
Teams from a number of support services were also able to help people in need of financial support and redundancy advice.
The vast majority of attendees said they benefitted from the event, with many taking time to comment that they really appreciated the support and effort that had been put in.
Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “The whole airport community was saddened by the news of Thomas Cook’s collapse, which is why we reached out across the airport site and worked closely with the task force to arrange a jobs fair.”
Andrew added: “The event was just the first of many in which we will be playing our part to help the staff impacted by the airline’s collapse.
“Working closely with the taskforce we will be arranging further employment events, plus our onsite Airport Academy will have dedicated sessions with CV workshops and interview masterclasses.
“I hope delegates at the fair were successful and look forward to welcoming them back into the airport community alongside the 25,000 others based on site.”
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, said: “The sudden collapse of Thomas Cook left more than 3,000 North West-based former employees suddenly searching for a job.
“It was incredibly sad news for everyone involved and the Greater Manchester family has been quick to rally round with messages of sympathy and offers of practical support.
“A task force was created within 24 hours and a website and helpline set up, and we promised to help in any way we could.”