Newham MPs, Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown, today held a jobs and apprenticeship fair which was attended by around 900 people from across East London. The highly successful event, which built on the foundations of a similar event held in September, was kindly hosted by West Ham Football Club at the club’s ground in Upton Park.
36 employers and training providers – from BT and London City Airport to the Prince’s Trust and G4S – set up stall offering a range of apprenticeships and jobs. Jobseekers of all ages from across East London had the opportunity to meet with prospective employers, attend a range of informative seminars and use the computers in West Ham’s Learning Zone to practice digital job search.
Speaking after the event, Stephen said: “I am absolutely delighted with how well attended this year’s fair has been. I would like to thank all the businesses and community organisations for taking the time to attend and meet with people who, in many cases, have been struggling to find work for a long time. I would also like to thank Prem Goyal OBE who sponsored the promotional flyers for the Fair and to West Ham Football Club who were generous and enthusiastic hosts.”
“Fairs like this one have become all the more important at a time when people are finding it harder and harder to find jobs. This government is out of touch – unemployment keeps rising and ‘plan A’ keeps hurting. The coalition must change course and change course fast.”