Local job seekers get on the road to employment

MORE than 250 job hunters from across Edinburgh and Lothians flocked to a one-off recruitment open day for Traffic Scotland’s new control centre in Queensferry.

The open day, held on March 6, offered potential candidates the opportunity to speak directly with Traffic Scotland employees working in both front line and office based roles across disciplines such as operations, maintenance, data services and design over a six year period.

Five control room vacancies will be advertised next week with further roles becoming available as the contract develops.

Candidates travelled from all over Edinburgh and beyond to attend the event in the hope of learning more about a range of positions available and what it’s like to work on the contract. They were also given a whistle stop tour of the purpose built facility and control room, which will soon house over 50 staff and will be managed by leading public service provider, Amey.

This is the first time the new control centre has opened its doors to members of the public and although it is not yet at completion stage, applicants were able to get a first look at what the facility will look like when it officially opens in spring 2013.

David Murphy, Amey account manager, said, “The response to the open day has been overwhelming and we are delighted with the quantity and calibre of candidates that we have spoken to over the course of the day.’’