Over the last few months Teresa has contacted a number of large national recruiters, local businesses, education and training providers to ask them to attend the event in order to let local people know about live vacancies and opportunities with them.
The response has been very positive, with dozens of recruiters expressing their interest in attending. So far, Asda, the Bexley Fire Service, the Civil Service, Lidl, McDonald’s, Sainsbury’s, Thames Water, and Virgin Media have confirmed they will attend on the day, to name a few.
The Jobs Fair will take place on Friday 11th July 2014, and will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm. Teresa has devised a programme of seminars and workshops to run throughout the day, providing constituents with advice on different aspects of the recruitment process, including CV writing, interview skills, and job searching, as well as guidance on how to set up a business, and the reality of apprenticeships.
One-to-one careers advice sessions will also run throughout the day, and there will also be advice specifically for the over 50s on business start-ups. Constituents can get in touch to indicate that they are interested in attending, and to receive updates ahead of the day, but registration is not necessary. Constituents can just turn up to speak with recruiters. Those who are interested in attending should bring their CVs along with them on the day.
“Unemployment is a big problem across Erith & Thamesmead. I am regularly contacted by constituents who tell me that they cannot find work or get back into work after being unemployed for some time.
As the local MP, I am determined to do all that I can to make constituents aware of the opportunities available locally, and within a commutable distance, so that they can find work. This is why I have organised a Jobs Fair to take place this July. I am hoping that following the event many constituents will be able to secure paid employment.
There are a lot of talented and hard-working people living across Erith & Thamesmead who are not being given the chance to fulfil their full potential. This is not just because of a lack of jobs, but also because of the complete lack of information about what is out there. I am hoping that the Jobs Fair will help to remedy this for local people.
Unemployment has a massive impact on individuals and families. This is not just financial. A person’s confidence can be completely destroyed if they are unemployed for a long time, and the consequences of this can ripple through communities.
I have therefore put together a programme of seminars and workshops to take place throughout the day. These will offer advice on different subjects, including CV writing and interview skills, in the hope that the tips offered may help job seekers to feel more in control during the recruitment process, and continue job searching with a renewed sense of optimism.
I would urge any constituents looking for work to come along to the Jobs Fair next month, as they may find it very useful. It is not necessary to register ahead of the event. However, if people would like to get in touch to let me know that they would like to attend, they will receive email updates ahead of the day. But they should just feel free to turn up – ideally with copies of the CVs – to speak with recruiters.
I look forward to seeing many people at the Jobs Fair next month. If anyone has any questions they should not hesitate to call or email my office, or send me messages via the Facebook and Twitter accounts I have set up for this event.”