Earlier today, Newham MPs, Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown hosted the third annual Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair at West Ham Football Club. Over thirty exhibitors attended including Newham-based companies London City Airport, Tate and Lyle and Lyca Mobile, which began life in the old AA building on High Street North, East Ham.
During the day, jobseekers were invited to attend seminars on working in the hospitality sector. There were other seminars focussing on interview techniques and CV writing too.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: "Today's fair was a great success. We had a large queue of people lining the stairways of The Boleyn Ground before the fair had officially opened! They were all keen to speak to the employers and apprenticeship providers.
"I managed to speak with a number of the jobseekers later that day and the feedback was excellent. In fact, by 2 p.m. one person had already been offered a job by a catering firm after having an impromptu interview earlier in the day! Hopefully we will hear of more success stories like that in the coming weeks. It is vitally important that we try our utmost to help people into work, and events like jobs fairs certainly help to do this.”
"I would like to thank West Ham for agreeing to host the Jobs Fair and, in particular thank the companies who attended and Bash Gulzar and Alison Foster from Jobcentre Plus for the help they gave in putting the fair on."
Stuart Frazer, Special Projects Director at Balfour Beatty who exhibited, said: “We were delighted to support the initiative of Stephen Timms by attending the jobs fair at West Ham. The event further strengthened our resolve to ensure that our work on the Olympic Stadium provides the employment opportunities that are so obviously needed in the area.”
Stephen would 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and share your views – did you find it useful? How could it be improved?