MP’s jobs fair draws in hundreds of job seekers at Sussex Coast College

HUNDREDS of job seekers visited Hastings MP Amber Rudd’s jobs fair at Sussex Coast College on Friday (July 19).

The event, the second of its kind, ran alongside the current Own Grown campaign.

Eleven people also snapped up firm job offers on the day.

Ms Rudd said: “For these people to get job offers this was an outstanding result and for the hundreds of others that came on the day it was an opportunity to learn about the many different employers in the area and to find out where they might get a job in the future.”

The jobs fair was attended by 40 different exhibitors. There were a total of 520 jobs, apprentices and training opportunities on offer.

There were also CV writing and interview technique workshops for visitors.

The MP helped out at the seminars, acting as one of the practice interview professionals to help people practice their interview technique.

She said: “With a background in recruitment, I know how important it is to give a good impression at the vital first interview, so I was delighted to put my own professional experience to good use.”

Ms Rudd added: “I am very grateful to our excellent Sussex Coast College for helping to make the day such a success and preparations will begin immediately for next year’s.”

The MP held a similar event at the college in summer last year.

The Own Grown campaign was launched in February at Sussex Coast College and aims to get 1,066 pledges from companies to help young people in a multitude of ways over the next year.

Businesses can help those under 18 and school leavers in several ways, such as talks at schools about working and developing a career, help with CV writing and interview techniques, and work experience, as well as support for a young person setting up a new business or self-employment.

Last week businesses in 1066 Country reached 50 per cent of their target in pledges, with Jackson’s Fish Wholesaler, based on the Ivyhouse Lane Industrial Estate in St Leonards, making the 533rd pledge by taking on Mikey Johnstone for four weeks’ work experience.

Firms can pledge support at www.owngrown.org.uk, emailing owngrown@hastings.gov.uk or ringing 01424 451795.