Jobseekers plan a career path thanks to Harrow Council

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Dozens of jobseekers have landed interviews or are pursuing training options after going to Harrow Council’s Xcite Employment and Training Fair.

Nearly 200 people went along to the event - making it the most successful council jobs fair in recent years.

They chatted to employers, took part in workshops on everything from start-up advice and money management, and asked CV advisors how to make their credentials stand out from the crowd.

Visitors praised the “open” and “relaxed” nature of the event, as well as how “great” it is for young people in particular to see the Council is “taking an interest in us”.

They join the 250 residents that Harrow Council has  supported into work in the past nine months, of which more than 100 are working on local construction sites.

Exhibitors offering job opportunities included local restaurants, nurseries, the Army and many more.

Christina Bird is centre manager at Spear, a local training provider who helps 16- to 24-year-olds to get into work.

“We have been exhibitors at the Xcite Careers Fair a number of times. We loved the buzz at this event and enjoyed meeting motivated young people who are looking for new opportunities to make changes in their lives,” she said.

“We will be following up with a number of people that we met ahead of our new programme starting on 27th February. We also brought a group of our trainees, who were inspired by the interesting and relevant opportunities on offer for them.”

Exhibitor Paul Hollands, manager of Waste Services, said: “We were extremely impressed with the wide diversity of those who showed an interest in the apprenticeships being offered by the Waste Service.  

“From young males to married women to those with disabilities they all showed an impressive eagerness to learn more about the roles being offered and it was an excellent opportunity for the service to expand the diversity its workforce.”

Keith Ferry, Portfolio Holder for Business, Planning and Regeneration, said: “You just have to look at the buzz and excitement around this event to see that Harrow Council is instrumental in engaging with people and encouraging them to consider all their work and training options.

 “We are passionate about supporting our residents when it comes to finding jobs and ensuring our local employers find the best people to fill their positions.

“Knowing that this has been most successful fair to date, I hope we’ve made some good matches and employees and employers alike can look forward to a productive future.”

Email Xcite on xcite@harrow.gov.uk to find out more.