Jobs fayre at Great Yarmouth sees 1,730 people attend

View south along Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth towards the town hall.
Picture: James Bass

View south along Hall Quay in Great Yarmouth towards the town hall. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

More than 1,700 people have attended a successful jobs fayre at Great Yarmouth Town Hall, which was organised by Great Yarmouth Jobcentre Plus, in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council's Neighbourhoods that Work Project.

About 1,730 people came through the doors of the assembly room, where they could meet more than 40 employers offering more than 1,000 jobs across a range of sectors.

Also in attendance were support organisations offering advice on apprenticeships, training, volunteering, and starting a business.

Neighbourhoods that Work had a stall where people could meet the team of connectors who help people to move into employment.

The Neighbourhoods that Work Project supports one of the council's priorities, which is to work with partners to build stronger, better connected, more resilient communities. One of the core project aims is to help people into training, volunteering and work.

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Penny Carpenter, chairman of the council's housing and neighbourhoods committee, said: 'I officially opened the event and spent several hours there talking to jobseekers and employers.

'It is great the council and Jobcentre Plus were able to help connect so many people proactively seeking jobs to employers offering so many opportunities.

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'In a world of jobs websites and online applications, jobs fayres provide that personal touch, enabling jobseekers to present themselves in person to potential employers, who in turn have the chance to meet a range of potential recruits in a short period.

'The event also gave people the opportunity to meet our excellent Neighbourhoods that Work team, who can offer people a variety of help and support to get into a job and keep it. We've had lots of good feedback about the recruitment event from jobseekers and businesses alike.'

Anne Rawstron, DWP Relationship Manager for Great Yarmouth Jobcentre Plus, said: 'I'm really pleased with the turnout at the event. We saw a fantastic response from jobseekers, local employers and providers.

'There was a lot of interest in the companies attending, some people even left the event with job offers, proving again how events like this serve to improve employment prospects in the local area. With the success of this partnership working between DWP and the Neighbourhoods that Work project we will be looking to organise more joint events to support the local community in Great Yarmouth.'

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