An employability and jobs fair saw 825 residents meet with 47 employers and training providers.
The council’s employment service, WorkPath, organised the event which was the first of its kind to be held at the new Town Hall in Whitechapel.
200 live vacancies were available on the day and early statistics show that over 55 interviews have been offered and 59 residents have enrolled onto training courses with local providers so far.
The interviews that have been scheduled are with a range of employers including JD Sports, Whitechapel Gallery, Nike and Berkeley.
Attendees had the chance to explore live vacancies, apprenticeships, and training opportunities, along with free courses to upskill and retain.
Councillor Abdul Wahid, Lead Member for Jobs, Skills and Growth, opened the event and said:
“The Town Hall is the ideal location for events such as this employability and jobs fair. Accessible and at the heart of the End East, the location means that more residents are able to attend these events and access the opportunities available.
“Over 1,000 residents registered for the event, and we welcomed 825 people through the doors of the Town Hall on the day. It was a brilliant event, made possible by officers from WorkPath and our employer partners who are dedicated to offering opportunities to local people.”
Jack Wellens, Youth Development Lead, The Prince’s Trust said:
“The jobs fair was really well organised and well attended by young people and providers alike. The space was great and perfect for the event and had been laid out thought fully by the organisers – a great deal of planning had clearly gone on behind the scenes.
“The event was very worthwhile for us as an organisation, I met many motivated and passionate young people in attendance, roughly 20 of whom signed up to our mailing list and individual programmes. It was also good for networking, as I met staff from many other organisations with whom I connected for potential future partnerships.”
WorkPath is an employment service that works in collaboration with employers, training providers, businesses, and partners to deliver an integrated service to help residents reach their full potential.
To gain employment support you first need to register to WorkPath, which you can do so here:https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/jobs_and_careers/employment_and_training_initia/Workpath/Register_for_WorkPath.aspx
Posted on Friday 3rd November 2023