More than 1,000 people took advantage of the Norfolk Community College and Great Yarmouth Job Centre Plus Jobs Fair on 23 January, which offered job seekers the chance to network with potential employers from a wide range of sectors and to find out more information about local employment opportunities.
Held in Great Yarmouth Town Hall’s historic Assembly Hall, the fair was organised by the Norfolk Community College and Great Yarmouth Job Centre Plus team. The fair was a perfect event for people to find out about opportunities where they could develop skills, meet employers, extend their experience and gain paid employment.
The event was formally opened by ‘People with Energy’ Stuart Smith and East Anglia District Manager for the Department for Work and Pensions Julia Nix. The event was supported by Job Centre Plus and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Norfolk Community College team were out in force on the day, helping those on the hunt for a job, a change of direction or some career advice. With a team of specialists providing 1:1 support, training relevant to the local economy, supported work placements and mentoring from local business experts, interest was high from people eager to take the next step on their career path.
The team has a range of training dates in Great Yarmouth coming up in February 2018. With a large number of people benefiting from the free advice and excellent training on offer the Norfolk Community College team aims to ensure that there’s an abundance of opportunities for participants to the project’s Building Better Opportunities funded programme.
Stuart Jennings said: “Starting a career and getting your foot in the door is difficult, especially in the current economic climate. The Jobs Fair has helped people in our community see and speak to the biggest employers about the great careers they have on offer. By offering support and help on the day, the Norfolk Community College team was pleased to help provide adults in Norfolk with expert advice to gain employment and support to build new careers.”
The vibrant atmosphere was captured by the East Coast College team, generally adding to the energy and excitement of the event.