College employment event attracts hundreds to Winter Gardens

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By YouPR | Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 09:43

Hundreds of jobseekers and people looking for a career change attended a Weston College-organised employment event at the town's Winter Gardens.

The Kick Start event aimed to bring together jobseekers, local employers and organisations dedicated to helping people back to work.

More than 300 people - smartly dressed and ready to impress - turned up last Wednesday (Jan 22) to speak to local employers and seek advice about CV writing, job interviews, work experience, managing finances and more.

There was also a 'Speed Dating' session, during which employers conducted five-minute initial interviews with job seekers who could showcase their skills.

Among those looking for work were Julian Tunbridge, 37, from Clevedon, and Wendy Ayoes, 28, from Weston.

Julian, who has been on the Weston College 'Aspire'course to help people back into work, said: "I've been unemployed for two years and would love to get back into sales-related work. This event is really useful because it gives me the chance to meet people and think about ways back into work."

Companies represented at Kick Start included Somerset Wood Recycling, EDF, Alliance Homes, McDonald's and Somerset Care, among others.

Alistair Milton was at the event representing Poppy's Homecare, a Bleadon-based care agency that looks after people in their own homes.

He said: "The event has been excellent and has met our expectations by a long way. It's been very useful both in terms of people obtaining job interviews with us, and also because we've been able to change their views about work in the health and social care sector."

Sue Estcourt, Weston College's Pre-Employment Engagement & Outreach Coordinator, organised the event. She said: "This isn't just about getting a job, it's also about equipping people with the skills to look for work. This is the first event of its kind we've put on and by any standards it's been very successful."

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