More than 200 people took the chance to find out about the range of job opportunities on offer locally at the Number 1 Route to Employment Job Fair, held at Rushmoor Borough Council’s offices in Farnborough.
The job fair was the second organised by the Rushmoor Employment and Skills Zone partnership (RESZ), a partnership of local organisations working to maximise opportunities for job seekers in Rushmoor. Members include the Department for Work and Pensions, Job Centre Plus, Rushmoor Borough Council and a range of employment support organisations.
The fair was one of hundreds of events organised nationwide as part of Employability Day, which raises awareness of the partnership work that takes place to support people into employment.
Visitors were able to meet more than 20 local employers, all with job vacancies, within easy reach of the number 1 bus route, which runs between Aldershot and Camberley.
Employment support advisors were on hand and offered one-to-one support to help complete application forms on the day. Workshops on CV writing, self-employment, construction training opportunities and job hunting also ran throughout the day.
The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter, said: “The job fair has been a great opportunity to showcase the partnership working that takes place in Rushmoor and to highlight the great range of local employment opportunities accessible by bus. Transport is often a barrier to job seekers and those without a means of transport face significant limitations on the distance they can travel to work. We are very grateful to Stagecoach, operators of the No.1 bus route, who sponsored the event, and the employers who joined us today.”
Stagecoach’s Operations Manager, Mark McDougall, said: “Today has been a fantastic day for us to help connect potential employees with employers, showing how many opportunities are spread across the Gold 1 route.”
Local resident, Mark Hicks Hook who attended the event said: “I found it really useful to get the chance to speak to individual employers and gauge feedback from them. I also enjoyed the workshops and particularly found the CV workshop informative.”
Although Employability Day is now over, there is a great range of employment support available in Rushmoor, including job clubs and training courses, which help build confidence and skills to support people back into employment. More information is available on the council’s website at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/jobhelp or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org