Hundreds of jobseekers flocked to the Sussex Coast College on Friday March 14th for Amber Rudd’s third Hastings jobs fair.
There were over 500 jobs on offer in sectors ranging from health and social care, the armed forces, retail, to hairdressing and banking, as well as a wide range of training opportunities.
“There were fantastic opportunities available at the Hastings jobs fair and a great buzz of enthusiasm and excitement at the College for my Jobsfair,” said Amber, “Lots of local people met some of our best employers and told me how excited they were by the variety of companies there. I am so grateful that so many companies supported the day.”
Companies such as Sainsbury’s, Hastings Direct, Aldi and Lloyds Bank were all recruiting on the day from the steady stream of jobseekers who attended. People of all ages were there, eager to talk to the companies and attend the mock interviews, getting advice and finding out about the jobs and apprenticeships on offer. “I conducted one of the mock interviews myself,” said Amber, ” as I know from my experience in recruitment how important it is to get good practice before the real thing. I am really grateful to Dave Hinton from Hastings Works for running the sessions.”
The feedback from businesses and companies exhibiting was incredibly positive: 35 jobs were pledged to Avanta and the Federation of Small Businesses and Azure Marina arranged 70 interviews and will be following up with a further 80 job seekers.
Amber commented “I am pleased that so many people were there to make the most of everything. There were some great success stories with huge numbers of people getting interviews and lots of people commenting on how useful they found the advice on offer.”
“Supporting local businesses and helping people find jobs are major priorities for me as an MP, the jobs fair was a great opportunity to do both of these things. I hope that everyone who attended the Fair was able to find something they needed.”