Our Man in West­min­ster

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View - By Damian Green

It has been re­ally in­ter­est­ing over the past few weeks dis­cov­er­ing the de­gree of en­thu­si­asm for my first Jobs Fair. This is an ex­per­i­ment in bring­ing to­gether em­ploy­ers with those who are ei­ther look­ing for a first job or an ap­pren­tice­ship, or any­one who wants to change jobs or is cur­rently un­em­ployed.

The Jobs Fair takes place next Fri­day (Fe­bru­ary 16) at Ash­ford Col­lege be­tween 10am and 2pm and I am sur­prised and pleased that we have had more ap­pli­ca­tions for stands than we can cater for. With apolo­gies to those who are on the wait­ing list, and not­ing that next time we may need a big­ger space, I am par­tic­u­larly pleased at the range of com­pa­nies com­ing.

As well as the fair’s spon­sors, the re­cruit­ment com­pany HRGO, we have big na­tional em­ploy­ers such as Bar­clays, John Lewis, McDon­alds and Na­tional Rail, and some of the more promi­nent lo­cal firms like M J Allen, McCarthurGlen and Premier Foods.

There will also be a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence from pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ers such as Kent Po­lice, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, and Kent County Coun­cil, and char­i­ties like the Prince’s Trust.

As well as hav­ing the in­di­vid­ual stands, there will also be use­ful work­shops through­out the day on is­sues such as how to fill in your CV to best ef­fect, and how to man­age your money when you find your first job. Another work­shop will cover fraud preven­tion, which is in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in the dig­i­tal age.

So there will be a wide range of of­fer­ings. All we need now is a large num­ber of peo­ple want­ing to ex­plore them. I am grate­ful to the Ash­ford Gate­way and Job Cen­tre Plus for point­ing peo­ple to­wards the Jobs Fair, and I look for­ward to see­ing hordes of job hunters there next Fri­day.

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