One thousand people attend Thanet jobs and apprenticeship fair

The jobs fair at Dreamland

Some 1,000 people attended a jobs fair held at Dreamland on Friday (October 5)

The Thanet Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeship Fair was organised by Thanet MPs Craig Mackinlay and Sir Roger Gale in partnership with Margate and Ramsgate job centres and Thanet District Council.

More than 60 exhibitors – including BAE Systems, Barclay’s Bank, the RAF, Pfizer and the NHS – offered positions across a range of sectors to job and apprenticeship seekers in Thanet and East Kent.

Local employers and trainee providers Blaze Signs, East Kent College, FUJIFILM and Orbit all agreed to sponsor the event.

Mr Mackinlay, said: “It was a great day with an amazing buzz and very positive feedback from employers who were impressed by the well-prepared candidates they saw, with many saying job offers will be made.

“This was a truly fantastic occasion and I was encouraged to see so many individuals across Thanet take full advantage of the fantastic opportunities available at our Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeships Fair. I am extremely grateful to all the exhibitors who took the time to display at the fair, without their support the day would simply not have been possible.

“Special mention also needs to go out to our local Department for Work and Pensions officials, in particular Daniel Graham at Ramsgate Jobcentre, and also our sponsors Blaze Signs, East Kent College, FUJIFILM and Orbit, without whose generous help and assistance, we would not have been able to organise such a hugely successful day.

“I will continue to work with employers, training providers and the DWP to change lives in Thanet.”

Thanet had a recorded 4,020 people claiming unemployment benefits in August 2018, an increase of 40 on the previous month. Thanet has the highest unemployment rate in Kent and the highest number of 18-24-year-olds -810- out of work in the South East.