Job op­por­tu­ni­ties as fair fills re­tail roles

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Growth Projection - By Molly Mile­ham-Chap­pell

Job hunters hop­ing for a ca­reer in re­tail en­joyed a suc­cess­ful sum­mer ca­reers fair at Ash­ford De­signer Out­let.

At­ten­dees were in­vited to meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the de­signer brands at the Kim­ber­ley Way cen­tre, in­clud­ing Aber­crom­bie and Fitch, Ted Baker, M&S, Pizza Ex­press, La­coste, Waga­mama and Polo Ralph Lau­ren.

The event took place in the cen­tre’s food court last Thurs­day from 3pm to 7pm.

More than 60 peo­ple also par­tic­i­pated in a CV and in­ter­view work­shop run in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kent In­victa Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Nine­teen va­can­cies at the cen­tre have al­ready been filled.

Cen­tre man­ager Peter Corr said: “They had fan­tas­tic at­ten­dance at the event, with an es­ti­mate of over 350 at­ten­dees.

“The feed­back from the Job Cen­tre was that the event was up­beat and a great re­cruit­ment tool for the lo­cal area, while In­victa said it was a great way to meet some keen and mo­ti­vated job can­di­dates.”

Mr Corr dis­cussed plans for the next ca­reers fair es­ti­mated to be held at the end of Septem­ber, say­ing: “All the stake­hold­ers were ex­tremely keen to be part of our next event, which will be larger, with an es­ti­mated 40 brands in­volved and more en­gage­ment with the likes of Can­ter­bury Col­lege.”

Ash­ford De­signer Out­let hosts more than 80 de­signer brand stores which will in­crease when the cen­tre’s ex­pan­sion goes ahead.

Mr Corr noted the ex­pan­sion’s im­pact on re­cruit­ment in the fu­ture: “We will also look to sig­nif­i­cantly ad­vance the man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­view­ing side, as we move for­ward to­wards our new de­vel­op­ment and wel­come new brand part­ners to our cur­rent phase.”

Pro­pos­als to al­most dou­ble the size of the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let were ap­proved by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil last Septem­ber.


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