Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown, MP for West Ham, jointly organised a Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair on Friday 14 September. The MPs worked in partnership with Newham Council, Newham College of Further Education and Jobcentre Plus. Testhouse kindly sponsored the all the marketing and advertising of the fair.

The event was held at West Ham FC’s Boleyn Ground; the Club kindly provided a conference room free of charge and was a great supporter of the fair. Apprentices from the West Ham United Community Sports Trust were invaluable on the day; they directed Newham residents to the right room, helped out at the sign-in desk and were very friendly and approachable. 

The fair was arranged to help school leavers and graduates into their first job or apprenticeship or back into work. It was very well attended – over 700 people came – and although most were under 25 years old, older Newham residents also came along. Jobcentre Plus and Newham Workplace ran C.V advice sessions throughout the day, which were very well attended. 

The fair has had some very good feedback so far from the companies that attended. Alpha Building Services and Engineering Ltd signed 52 people up for their courses – some of which have already come in and done their initial assessment. BT Openreach talked with many people interested in apprenticeships, and handed out over 100 flyers. London City Airport was also a very popular stall; they spoke to more than 300 people and provided information on all the various opportunities avaliable now and later on in the year. 

The Prince’s Trust were also delighted to attend and are planning on getting in contact with many of the people they met at the fair, as are Crossrail. 15billion had 31 people interested in their program and immediately invited six young people to their induction on Monday 17 September. TLE Training booked in 51 visitors to enrol on their courses, and also shortlisted a few people to apply for jobs with them. 

Speaking after the event, Stephen Timms said ‘the fair went extremely well. It was buzzing all day and people were coming in before it opened. Several of the employers and apprenticeship providers present told me that this was the most well attended event they had been to, and they were delighted to have found so many great potential employees and apprentices.’

Stephen Timms is awaiting further feedback from other companies that attended, and would also be very interested to hear from people that visited on the day. If you attended, please get in touch with him on 0207 219 4000 or and share your views – did you find it useful? How could it be improved? 

AuthorStephen Timms