Friday 27th June young jobseekers and school leavers met with employers and training providers at the East Devon Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair, organised by Tiverton and Honiton MP Neil Parish.
The Fair, held at the Honiton Community College was in association with the Jobcentre Plus and the National Apprenticeship Service. The purpose of the Jobs fair was to help school leavers and job seekers find work and get careers advice to give young people the experience and skills they need to enter the workplace.
Over twenty different employers and training providers held stands at the Jobs Fair hoping to fill vacancies and offer careers advice. Amongst the leading local businesses offering jobs and training from the Tiverton and Honiton Constituency were Axminster Tools and Machinery, River Cottage, HepcoMotion, Deer Park Country Hotel, Cosmic, as well as the Devon Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses.
They were joined by a number of major national employers such as the Army, Royal Navy and BT as well as local public sector organisations such East and Mid Devon District Councils. Charities such as the British Heart Foundation and the Donkey Sanctuary and training providers such as Petroc College, Exeter College and Academy4U were also in attendance.
After opening the Fair Neil Parish MP was also asked by Army Careers Advisor Major Arthur Norman-Walker to present the Imperial Service Medal to Mrs Sylvia Pearce for her 29 year service with the Ministry of Defence and particularly with the Armed Forces Careers Office. The Imperial Service Medal is presented to selected civil servants who complete 25 year service upon their retirement.
Speaking after the event Neil Parish said:
“With over a hundred young people attending the Fair looking for job and training opportunities I think it was a huge success and I hope to hold more jobs fairs in the future.
I would like to thank Honiton Community College and Principal Glenn Smith for their support and for the use of the leisure centre, the National Apprenticeship Service and Jobs Centre Plus as well as all the employers and training providers that made this event happen.
“We are lucky in Devon to have one of the country’s lowest unemployment levels. However, there are still people looking for jobs and too many young people from the West Country move away to find their fortunes elsewhere. We need to show that Devon is a dynamic business environment with many great opportunities for young people. I met many innovative businesses in Devon who are crying out for young talent and I hope that Jobs Fairs like this one this one with provide opportunities for both employers and those seeking work.”