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Jobseekers grab the chance to find work
JOB seekers were queuing around the block yesterday at one of the town’s biggest job fairs.
More than 250 people turned up to speak to a host of employers, including some of the biggest household names in the country.
The fair was organised by TCV Employment and was held in Old Town.
Among the recruiters were the Marriott, Toys ’R’ Us and Aldi.
“This is great for people who have often been looking for jobs for a long time,” said Saheed Abdul, an employment engagement specialist for TCV.
“Instead of sending out a CV and then hearing nothing they can have a meeting with an employer.
“It’s very good for employers as well who regularly say to us they struggle to meet with the right types of worker.”
The job fair is being run using a scheme called Pledge2Work. It is a way of getting the employers to offer a long-term commitment to providing job placements.
Saheed said: “The employers spend the day meeting potential recruits, who can hand their CV’s in and get themselves on the books that way.
“At the end of the day they come to us and pledge to provide a certain number of placement opportunities over the year.
“I have been really pleased with the turn out here today and hope to be able to get 100 pledges.”
There were people of all ages at the event, many of whom had been looking for a job for more than a year.
Alex Watts, 20, of Old Town, came out of education a year ago and has been searching for work ever since.
He said: “This is a really good way of chatting to employers and finding out what they want.
“I’ve been sending out lots of CV’s but you never hear anything back so you don’t know where you are going wrong.
“It’s a really good collection of businesses here so its been useful to chat with people.”
TCV operates as a charity around the south west, working to try and get the unemployed back into work.
Over the past few years its staff have managed to find jobs for 1,000 people. They have run several fairs over the past few months and have won the support of recruiters.
“We very much approve of this as a system of getting people back into employment,” said Michelle Bowen, a human resource manager at the Marriott Hotel.
“These are very tough times and finding a job can be very difficult.
“I have been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of the people I have spoken with today.”
For information on future jobs fairs visit www.tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388883.
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