Yesterday saw hundreds of people actively looking for jobs in once place, and that place was the South London Jobs Fair.
Taking place at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, the Jobs Fair witnessed consistent crowds of people coming through the door between 10am and 4pm making the first annual South London Jobs fair a huge success.
The South London Jobs Fair was designed and organised by 3D Change to tackle the increasing rise of unemployment. The South London Jobs Fair worked with numerous sponsors and exhibitors from the public and housing sectors and strived (and succeeded) to place the right candidates in front of the right employers.
Exhibitors at the South London Jobs Fair included major companies and organisations within the public and housing sectors as well as local Governments and authorities. Ikea, The Cooperative, Smith and Byford, The Job Centre, Reed, Chequers Contracts, See That, A J Harland, Affinity Solutions and the London Fire Brigade were amongst those in attendance. And with presentations, workshops and CV clinics, which also proved successful, potential candidates, were able to use the event to network, learn new skills and gain access to information and advice that wouldn’t necessarily be available elsewhere. The rate of response from jobseekers was summarised perfectly on Twitter this morning by Chequers Contracts, an exhibitor at the event.
The South London Jobs Fair was also created to help tackle the social housing issue. Social housing is a major topic currently, and housing associations and local Governments are prioritising incentives to get residents out of social housing into permanent residence.
The response from the event has been astounding, and jobseekers were provided with excellent advice and information and are now able to understand what options are available to them. With many companies offering different solutions including direct job opportunities, volunteering, apprenticeships, internships, work experience programs and training, job seekers were able to approach relevant exhibitors and sponsors directly placing them in front of the right employer and providing employers with potential candidates who have a genuine interest in the company and positions, who is willing to work and who is enthusiastic, therefore automatically improving a companies staff retention rate.
The South London Jobs Fair was designed to help people gain permanent residence, and get people get back into work. With the rate of response, the amount of CV’s that were collected and the diligence of the conversations that were taking place, the South London Jobs Fair is tackling unemployment directly and winning!