Havant MP Alan Mak has hailed his first jobs and apprenticeships fair a big success after hundreds of residents attended the event last Friday at Warblington School.
The fair featured 53 exhibitors from large businesses such as accountants KPMG and Barclays, to local firms such as Hayling-based workshop Medina Joinery and Innova Design, an Emsworth-based manufacturer.
Large local businesses such as property managers Fasset, who operate Langstone Technology Park, as well as Barratt Homes, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and L&S Waste Management were also out in force.
Some 550 jobs were on offer, from professional roles such as solicitor jobs, to entry-level barista jobs at Costa coffee.
It also represented an opportunity for local residents to seek expert advice on the recruitment process from Havant’s Jobcentre Plus, the National Careers Service, and the Wheatsheaf Trust, a local careers advice charity.
The News was the media partner for the Havant MP’s largest community event to date.
Mr Mak said: ‘I was delighted with the first Havant jobs and apprenticeships fair.
‘The attendance from local residents was terrific, which displayed not only the superb range of positions being offered by exhibitors, but also Havant’s real will to work.
‘Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible.
‘It was a memorable day characterised by real community spirit and a buzz throughout the event.
‘I look forward to hearing about the new local jobs and apprenticeship success stories that follow the fair and will share the best through the News.’
Leone Hill, employer account manager at Jobcentre Plus, said: ‘I congratulate Alan and everyone involved in helping this event possible.
Organisations such as Jobcentre Plus work tirelessly to help local residents into work, and it’s great to have a Fair like this where jobseekers and employers from the area can engage in an open and informal setting.’