A TOWN’S largest jobs fair was hailed a success as school-leavers, students and others looking for employment flocked to a leisure centre for new opportunities.
Havant’s second Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair at Havant Leisure Centre was organised by local MP Alan Mak as a way of supporting jobseekers.
About 900 jobs and apprenticeships were on offer from 60 exhibitors from a range of sectors, along with advice and specialist workshops run by the National Careers Service.
Mr Mak said: ‘This is the biggest job fair we’ve ever had in Havant.
‘People from all ages and backgrounds have attended – for example there are those already in employment who are seeking extra hours, and grandparents who are hunting opportunities for their grandchildren and other family members.
‘Supporting residents and our economy is my top priority. This fair is a tangible, practical way of doing so – it’s important for everyone to have access to career advice.
‘Many Havant businesses such as Fat Face, who were at the fair, are growing and taking on new staff. They will soon be opening a new distribution centre at Dunsbury Farm.’
Organisations such as McDonalds and South West Trains were joined by colleges, community groups and the organisers of apprenticeship schemes. Visitors could also find out about volunteer positions.
Twenty-one-year-old Peter Baker from Rowlands Castle attended the fair. He said: ‘I’m looking for a job and I heard about this event through the Job Centre. I’m finding it difficult to get back into work, so I thought I’d come along and see what opportunities are out there.
‘It’s been brilliant, everyone I’ve spoken to has been really friendly, the companies have all got vacancies and lots of information to dish out.
‘I’m glad I came because even being able to talk to employers in person and getting leaflets helps.’
The event was attended by a number of community leaders, including councillor Rivka Cresswell, who represents Emsworth at Havant Borough Council.
She said: ‘There was lots on offer for all ages. The job market is very tough and advice and help like this is crucial. There are opportunities out there, it’s about showing people where they are.’