Early numbers show over 500 people from Tower Hamlets and across London attended the Canary Wharf Jobs Fair last week at the stunning East Wintergarden venue.
The fair, which was one of the largest recruitment events delivered within the borough, saw over 50 employers in attendance to provide job opportunities for residents to get back into work after being affected by Covid-19.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “I’m so pleased to see these job events take place. They provide an opportunity for local people to meet with employers and to learn about job opportunities, as well as helping our local economy in Tower Hamlets.”
“The pandemic has had an enormous impact on all of us, and I want to thank all the employers who attended for showing their commitment to our community and for providing employment opportunities at this really important point in our economy’s recovery.”
The fair comes after the success of the Tower Hamlets construction focussed event held back in September with the Canary Wharf Jobs Fair providing even more opportunities across several sectors, thanks to the existing partnership with New City College and Canary Wharf Group.
Howard Dawber, Canary Wharf Group Managing Director, Strategy said: “We were delighted that so many cafe, bar and restaurant operators came together to offer some exciting vacancies and career opportunities to local people.”
“With more than 500 people attending and dozens of people being offered jobs on the day, the jobs fair was a great success.”
“We look forward to working together with our partners at London Borough of Tower Hamlets, New City College, East London Business Alliance, and others to build on this activity, bringing local jobseekers together with job opportunities as Canary Wharf continues to expand our retail, food and beverage offer.”
In total, over 1000 job vacancies were on offer to those who attended. This included opportunities from leading employers such as Brewdog, G4S, East London Business Alliance and New City College.
Jamie Stevenson, Group Executive Director – Apprenticeships & Business Development, New City College said: “The event was a huge success and demonstrates the great work that can be achieved when working in partnership with stakeholders and employers.”
“New City College are committed to supporting the borough’s employers and residents to ensure sufficient training and upskilling opportunities are readily available for individuals looking to get back into employment, progress and develop their career. This is the first of many collaborations together to ensure employers have a skilled workforce and individuals develop their careers”
More recruitment events are now in discussion between the partnership with the expectations of more events being delivered in 2022.
Posted on Thursday 16th December 2021