Hackney residents pack out Town Hall at Jobs Fair

Almost 1,500 residents signed up to register for Hackney Council’s Ways into Work Jobs Fair last week (Tuesday 15 February).

The larger than expected numbers were drawn by the calibre of employers, which included Debenhams, the BBC, Lakehouse, Randstad and Stagecoach. In all, 28 different employers and community groups were represented.

Now in its fourth year, the Ways into Work Jobs Fair gives local people the chance to talk directly to local employers, get free jobs advice and training opportunities and even get a job offer on the spot. Since 2008 it has helped more than 2,304 unemployed residents into employment.

Stoke Newington resident Alex Sherston is looking for a new career direction after many years of working in education, and came to the fair after being given information by the Job Centre.

“I was really surprised by the big number of stands and the wide variety of job types. I’m still digesting all the information I picked up but it seemed to me as if every stand was very busy. I just wish they were held more often.”

Richard Green from In Biz was delighted with the turnout: “Fairs such as this are an ideal chance to find out what different options and opportunities are available and explore what’s involved in a friendly and informed way.”

Hackney Cabinet Member for Regeneration and 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cllr Guy Nicholson, said: “Ways into Work takes a unique approach to tackle unemployment. It is a partnership of social landlords, including housing associations and the Council, which supports residents looking for the opportunity to return to work.

“The initiative finds ways to deal with the barriers and concerns that prevent residents from finding work, such as the costs of childcare. It can provide for skills training, advice on interview techniques as well as travel and clothing allowances – and once in a job, residents are offered ongoing support to ensure their new role goes smoothly. The jobs fair is the prefect gathering to bring together residents and future employers.”


Notes to editors

Ways into Work is a partnership between Hackney Council, On Site Hackney Recruitment Centre, recruitment company Talent, regeneration company Renaisi, Groundwork East London, disability employment specialists Remploy, Lifeline Projects and social housing providers Circle 33 Housing Trust, Family Mosaic, Genesis Community, Hackney Homes, London & Quadrant Housing Trust, Newlon Fusion, Peabody Trust, Pinnacle People, Southern Housing Foundation. The partnership works closely with Jobcentre Plus.

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For more information contact Susie Haywood, 020 8356 2869