Organisers of the Tendring Jobs and Careers Fair are celebrating another successful year as thousands of local people turned up to the event.
Organised by Tendring District Council (TDC) in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, the Jobs Fair at Clacton’s Princes Theatre was supported this year by a wide variety of industries from the military to hospitality.
Job seekers, people returning to work and those just interested in jobs that Tendring has to offer came out to speak to prospective employers and training centres about career progression and opportunities.
New this year was the Skills Marquee, which allowed people to try their hand at jobs from bricklaying and cooking the perfect egg, to tiling and garden design.
Jo Giles from Ofsted Outstanding provider Nova Training was exhibiting at the event and said: “The Jobs Fair has given people the chance to meet us in a relaxed environment and it has allowed us to explain more about what we offer.
“Not all young people thrive in an academic environment which is why we provide a practical element to our learning. Our centres do still offer the core academic subjects, but learners are introduced to many different vocational courses, and once they find something that they enjoy people thrive.”
An estimated 2,000 people attended during the day.
Councillor Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, said: “The skills activity marquee was a fantastic part of the day. It gave people the opportunity to see, feel and do some of the practical elements of the jobs available.
“One of the council’s priorities is to invest in residents and in business by supporting opportunities for skills development and business growth. It was great that people were able to come out today to give it a go and try before they apply.”
Danny, from Clacton, was a visitor at the event, who said: “It’s been a really positive experience and it’s great there has been such a variety of businesses here.
“I have applied for three jobs already here today. I’m open-minded about my future career and I haven’t made up my mind on what I would like to do so that’s why the Jobs Fair and skills marquee has been so valuable in helping me make my decision.”
Rick Rhodes, District Manager at DWP, added: “We are very pleased with the attendance today of all different ages. It’s important that we build positive partnerships with a range of local businesses, providing residents with choice and opportunities.
“We encourage ‘learning by doing’ which is why the skills marquee has been introduced this year. It’s been a very popular feature among the school children we invited to the event as well as other visitors. You’re never too young or too old to find out about work and there’re opportunities for everyone.”
The event is sponsored by Affinity Water, Park Resorts, Rose Builders, Surya Foods & Surya Hotels.
The Jobs Fair forms part of TENDRING4GROWTH Business Week, a week-long programme of events to support businesses, individuals and skills in Tendring from 30 September – 4 October 2019; find out more at www.tendringdc.gov.uk/tendring4growth.