Careers and Learning Fair gives jobseekers a helping hand

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Jobcentre Plus and East Berkshire College teamed up with local employers last week (22nd October) to give adults and young people around East Berkshire the opportunities they need to take up work.

Hundreds of jobseekers from the local area were invited to a special Careers and Learning Fair, where they were able to meet employers and find out about developing their skills through a wide range of Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

Held at Langley College in Station Road, the event featured a range of employers offering jobs and advice, local training providers and voluntary organisations. Employers exhibiting at the event included the Royal Air Force, McDonalds, Interserve, Primark, Morrisons and Thames Valley Police.

Raj Basram, Employer & Partnerships Manager Slough Jobcentre Plus, said: "This was a fantastic opportunity for Slough Jobcentre Plus claimants to apply for work and learning opportunities. We received a great response from local businesses all working to the ethos of supporting Slough community and local jobs for local people.

"Our partners East Berkshire College commissioned use of their newly built ground floor 'Street' and Social areas for the event. They also provided sessions for Jobcentre Plus claimants who needed Basic Skills, English as a Second Language training support and delivered presentations on Traineeships and Apprenticeships. I hope this will mark the start of future annual events working in partnership with East Berkshire College and local business."

Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, East Berkshire College is committed to supporting adults and young people in successfully finding employment. As part of the event, the College provided information, advice and guidance on careers, funding and a wide range of courses including Traineeships and Apprenticeships. In addition, the College delivered sessions on basic skills and English for speakers of other languages.

Latisha Dendie-Hodge (18, from Slough) found the event particularly beneficial. She explains: "I didn't realise there were so many job opportunities available until I came to the event. I've been able to make some useful contacts and find out information I couldn't find online. I've spoken to lots of different companies and I even discovered that there are roles for musicians in the armed forces, which I never knew. I play a number of instruments, so I think I might apply for this."

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses available, including apprenticeships, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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