Thanks to the hundreds of residents who attended my first Havant jobs and apprenticeships fair last Friday.
Having worked hard over the last six months to create the event from scratch – attracting local businesses, walking the streets putting up posters myself, and securing big name supporters like the Chancellor George Osborne – it was a relief to see such a big turnout.
Over 550 jobs and apprenticeships were on offer from our 53 exhibitors.
My key message to residents was: believe in yourself, never give up, and make your own luck by getting stuck in and meeting potential employers.
Top local businesses such as Barratt Homes, who are building Denvilles’ new community, agree and brought a number of their young apprentices.
Local IT firm TaylorMade Computer Solutions and defence contractors Lockheed Martin, who make the new F35 jets for the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers, were out in force too.
All three businesses generously sponsored the fair, and were delighted with the outcome.
The fair had its fair share of stardust. Glamourous Jane Hamilton, careers editor at the Sun, runs their Sunemployment careers service. She gave an inspirational talk about how they’ve helped over two million people get a job.
Jane then ran a successful careers clinic with local residents who came with their CVs.
Workshops by the National Careers Service and the Wheatsheaf Trust, a local employment charity, also proved a hit with jobseekers.
Gary Medlow, managing director of Fasset, which runs Langstone Technology Park, gave an inspirational speech to close the event, recounting his journey from Leigh Park to the top of his profession. Fasset were the key commercial sponsor.
If you came to the fair, let me know how you get on – have you landed a job? Got an apprenticeship? Made some useful connections for the future?
I’ll share the best success stories with you through the News, our excellent media partner.
Aside from the fair, I was in Norway last week as part of my year-long ‘work experience’ with the Royal Navy which I’m doing alongside my MP duties.
I joined the Royal Marines on exercise, including building my own survival shelter.
Look out for my report in the News shortly.
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