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From left: Louisa Mali, Shuva Begum, Fawzah Adepoju & John Phelan

On Wednesday 28th March a job fair for young people was organised by Shuva Begum and Louisa Mali of H & F Floating Support Service.

The day started off with a discussion and open forum headed by a speaker from Mind who opened up a talk about the barriers young people face when looking for work; this exercise was very interactive as it got young people sharing their problems and experiences; it was a great way of building up their confidence and motivation and sharing advice and information. The speaker from Mind discussed ways of making yourself more employable and gave each young person one to one advice about how they could work towards their own goals.

Attendees of Job Fair

 Following on from the group exercise was a buffet lunch and raffle prize draw where three lucky young participants won Westfield vouchers. Recruiters were invited to lunch with the young customers at the event; where they talk informally and share experiences and advice. One customer said ‘all the advice given was very useful, even got a few appointments’.  

On Wednesday 28th March a job fair for young people was organised by Shuva Begum and Louisa Mali of H & F Floating Support Service.

The day started off with a discussion and open forum headed by a speaker from Mind who opened up a talk about the barriers young people face when looking for work; this exercise was very interactive as it got young people sharing their problems and experiences; it was a great way of building up their confidence and motivation and sharing advice and information. The speaker from Mind discussed ways of making yourself more employable and gave each young person one to one advice about how they could work towards their own goals.

 Following on from the group exercise was a buffet lunch and raffle prize draw where three lucky young participants won Westfield vouchers. Recruiters were invited to lunch with the young customers at the event; where they talk informally and share experiences and advice. One customer said ‘all the advice given was very useful, even got a few appointments’.  

Attendees of Job Fair

Recruiters from diverse employment settings attended the day including  Work Zone, Prince’s Trust, Reed, Badenoch & Clarke, Let me Play, At your Service, Mind, Volunteer centre, Learning Curve, Job Centre, Family Mosaic and My time active.  Young people were signing up to various jobs, apprenticeship and voluntary opportunities in retail, construction, social/care, sports, events, music, art, hospitality, health, administration. Workshops were set up to provide CV help, interview skills and one to one preparation. Many young hopefuls brought along their CVs and distributed these to some of the recruiters, who gave great feedback and advice. One recruiter said that there were a few young people that she would definitely employ and took their details to set up some potential appointments.

Young customers gave some great feedback about the event.  A  customer shared that ‘seeing the advisors’ was really helpful’, another customer said ‘we discussed various options to benefit myself’. Customers and recruiters shared the opinion that this job event should happen regularly saying it is a productive way of building and maintaining relations increasing the chances of getting young people signed up to current job opportunities. A recruiter fed back saying ‘I have made some really useful contacts!’ and a customer felt that the way the day was organised was good. Overall, the event was a great success, the day was very busy, positive and productive with a constant stream of young people coming through the doors.

 Written by Shuva Begum