Employers meet job seekers at Battersea Job Fair
Published: Thursday 24th October 13
More than 400 local people came to the Battersea Job Fair yesterday (Wednesday) to find out about a wide range of local employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities.
The event was hosted by Wandsworth Council's Work Match team which offers a free recruitment service to unemployed local people and access to steady supply of local jobs.
More than 25 local businesses, developers and construction companies, training providers and community organisations took part in the careers exhibition which took place in the Yvonne Carr Centre on the Patmore Estate.
Job seekers also took part in a series of employability seminars focusing on effective C.V writing, interview skill and working for local government.
The next jobs fair will be in Roehampton on January 30, 2014.
Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council is leading the town hall's drive to help local people into work.
He said: "There was a fantastic turnout and we hope many of the jobs seekers who came are now a step closer to a new career.
"The event took place in Nine Elms on the South Bank where a huge amount of development will be taking place for many years to come. This offers the people of Battersea an incredibly valuable supply of new career opportunities and many of the major developers and construction companies were at the fair to introduce the different roles they have to offer.
"All of the organisations which took part are now recruiting local people through the council's Work Match service so if you missed the fair you can still access these opportunities. Our team works exclusively with unemployed Wandsworth residents to give them a vital edge in the jobs market.
Local resident Christina de Poitiers who visited the job fair, said: "I recently graduated with an environmental engineering degree and I got in touch with Work Match because I'm really interested in the Nine Elms development. I think it's a fantastic opportunity to use my skills in the local area.
"I've been talking to lots of companies here today and it's been a really positive experience".
Sara Durham from Carillion (Battersea Power Station contractor for Phase One), said: "Today's event really exceeded out expectations. We have met some really impressive young people and who are ready to get involved in construction."
Contact Work Match on 0208 871 5191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is online at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/workmatch