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An annual jobs fair returns to Portsmouth city centre this week, with hundreds of vacancies on offer to local residents.

The Pathway to Work event, run by Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Jobcentre Plus, connects job seekers directly with major employers.

Residents are encouraged to bring their CVs along to the event, on Thursday 19 September from 10am to 3pm, at Cascades shopping centre.

Companies represented will include TK Maxx, Boots, Argos, Smyths Toys, Greene King, Mayfair Homecare, Primark, KFC, Starbucks, McDonald’s and Marriott. Top recruitment agencies will also be present.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of the Council, said: "Every year this proves to be a successful event, with people getting real long-term jobs. It's an ideal opportunity if you're looking to change jobs, return to employment or get a start in the world of work."