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Tower Hamlets hosts construction jobs fair to support young people into employment


Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman attends the construction jobs fair at New City College

Over 100 young people from Tower Hamlets were at New City College today to gain advice and support on paid work placements, jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry.

 Tower Hamlets Council reached its target to create 1,000 new apprenticeships opportunities for local people, as part of the Mayor’s ‘apprenticeship commitment’, with this event providing even more job opportunities for emerging talent across the borough.

K10, Mullaley, Women in Construction, Berkeley and Telford Homes were some of the big industry names that young people got to speak to.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Iam so pleased to see events like this take place. Young people are amongst some of the hardest hit by the pandemic and we are committed to supporting and providing employment opportunities across the borough to those in need.” 

The event was delivered by the council’s New Town Hall Project and WorkPath in partnership with Bouygues UK.

Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Work, Economic Growth and Faith, said: “We’re committed to helping our young residents into work and this job fair was a great chance to connect local businesses with enthusiastic job hunters. 

Our WorkPath employment service has played a major part in helping residents find the right skills and training they need; supporting our residents into apprenticeships and full-time positions.” 

Local resident Farhana Aktar found a job through WorkPath last year in the construction industry with the Silver Tunnel Project – one of the employers present at the jobs fair. 

She said: “I am really glad that WorkPath supported me into my apprenticeship. I received a lot of support with interviews and the whole recruitment process. I initially didn’t consider the construction sector for my career, but I am really pleased with my decision. 

“I feel that my apprenticeship will give me all the skills and knowledge I need to have a successful career in the sector. Since starting the apprenticeship, I have felt really motivated to gain this qualification and have been inspired by how welcoming the sector is to females.” 

The WorkPath employment service continues to provide Tower Hamlets residents with support across all levels of work, skill or experience. For more information in relation to WorkPath, contact workpath@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Posted on Thursday 23rd September 2021