Hundreds of young people attend Jobcentre jobs fair in Stamford

Photo: SM250412-007ow It's Your Future job fair at Stamford Arts Centre. Event organisers, from left, Neville Hydes from Toolbar, Ben Westerman from New College Stamford, Wendy Vandermeulen and Wayne Lound from Stamford Job Centre Plus.
Photo: SM250412-007ow It's Your Future job fair at Stamford Arts Centre. Event organisers, from left, Neville Hydes from Toolbar, Ben Westerman from New College Stamford, Wendy Vandermeulen and Wayne Lound from Stamford Job Centre Plus.
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HUNDREDS of young people turned out to hear about job opportunities and training and career advice at a jobs fair in Stamford.

More than 30 businesses, colleges and agencies attended the event which was held at Stamford Arts Centre yesterday (Wednesday).

The fair was organised by representatives from Stamford Jobcentre with New College Stamford, to give people aged between 18 and 24 the chance to speak to employers and agencies about career advice, job vacancies and learn about what bosses look for in CVs and interviews.

Many local businesses and agencies set up stalls at the fair including Bourne’s Toolbar back-to-work group, Barnsdale Hall Hotel and mail order clothing firm Lands’ End from Oakham, Stamford Work Club, Voluntary Action Rutland, Teenzone Stamford, as well as pupils and staff from New College Stamford.

Others included local branches of McDonald’s, Caffe Nero and the British Armed Forces.

District operations manager for Jobcentre, Bryan Cole, said: “I’m delighted with the turnout despite the bad weather. We had people queuing outside the door which was just fantastic.

“There’s been such amazing enthusiasm from businesses, training schemes and young people and it’s great to see. It’s been a real team effort.”

Rory Burwood, 22, from Lambeth Walk, Stamford, who was at the fair looking for jobs, said: “It’s really been quite useful because I’ve learned about CV skills. It’s helpful for people and gets them out to see what’s about and get advice.”