Thanet Job Centres say the isle is experiencing a busy labour market with new vacancies coming in every week.
An influx of Border Force and Home Office vacancies need to be filled and some 40 jobs will be on offer for new Margate hotel No 42 – at the former Sands venue – in time for its opening in July.
Another 25 jobs will be on offer with the opening of Turner Lodge at QEQM Margate which will be dedicated to support those with learning disabilities and/or poor mental health. Support workers are needed and being recruited through JobCentre Plus and CareTech.
Job fairs are being held each month with a large scale recruitment event also scheduled to take place at The Yarrow Hotel on Broadstairs college campus on June 26.
Last month the benefits claimant count for Thanet was 4,705 people equating to 5.7% of the working age population. However, not all people claiming benefits are out of work.
Jobcentre Recruitment Specialist Lily Chiu said: “Across Thanet, the past few months have been a busy time for the labour market with new job opportunities coming out each week.
“In our job centres, we have been working hard to support customers back into work. We have continued to hold regular job fairs each month, with employers including Thorley Taverns and Shepherd Neame in attendance, offering interviews with successful outcomes for several customers.
“Alongside this, we are continuing to work closely with local providers, such as East Kent College and ESP, offering customers sector-specific courses to gain additional qualifications as well as guaranteed interviews in Construction, Security, and Teaching.
“With the recent influx of Border Force and Home Office vacancies, Strive Training are also holding regular Civil Service employability courses to support the local recruitment drive.
“Coming soon to Margate is the opening of Turner Lodge, a dedicated building supporting those with learning disabilities and mental health. We are working with CareTech to support in their recruitment of 25 Support Workers, with applicants needing no previous experience to apply. Universal Credit customers should get in touch with their Work Coach if interested.
“Moving forward into Summer, Ramsgate and Margate jobcentres will be hosting more recruitment events on a larger scale. In collaboration with East Kent College, we are excited to announce that we will be at The Yarrow Hotel in Broadstairs on 26th June for a multiple-sector job fair, with employers from all over Thanet.
“With hospitality an important sector locally, we are also engaging with No.42 by Guesthouse, a new hotel on the site of the former Sands Hotel. The hotel is looking to recruit around 40 members of full-time/part-time staff and will also be in attendance at Ramsgate job fair on 25th May.
“With so many job opportunities in the area, Thanet’s thriving labour market is looking promising for the months ahead.”
To find out more about job fairs contact your work coach through Thanet JobCentres.