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DIGNITARIES, teachers and employers gathered to watch Employment Minister Mark Hoban officially open a new employment hub at Fareham College.

Students will be able to access specialist help from recruitment expert Stephanie Deighan, who will be based in the hub five days a week.

Mark Hoban opens the Employment Hub at Fareham College

Mark Hoban opens the Employment Hub at Fareham College

They will be able to search for jobs using one of 10 iPads, which are programmed to log in to a dedicated job vacancies site.

Mrs Deighan, who comes from a recruitment background, will offer help with writing CVs and dishing out interview tips.

She said: ‘We’re trying to build a database of businesses that use our service to connect with students.

‘There’s a big interest in part-time work from current students but we also have a large amount of past students who are looking for full time work.’

Principal of Fareham College Nigel Duncan said: ‘It’s more important than it looks because it is the start of a new shift for the college.

‘In the past, we measured our success on a pupil’s qualifications. Now the focus is on our students getting a job.’

Mr Hoban unveiled a plaque outside the hub.

He said: ‘It’s a very competitive job market out there and the fact that students can come here and get support, in terms of CVs and job searching, is a good thing.’

Hospitality and catering students Georgia Bell and Adam Moran have already been using the hub’s facilities.

Georgia, 18, said: ‘It’s helpful. I’ve found a couple of jobs in there that I have liked the look of and taken down the details for.’

Adam, 18, said: ‘They helped me to sort out my portfolio. It was a right mess but they showed me how to present it nicely. They also helped me to put my CV in the right order. They were very helpful.’

Fareham College’s employment hub is situated opposite the reception in C Block.

It is open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 4.30pm on Fridays.

For more information or to advertise a job vacancy at the hub call (01329) 815 284.