THIS year’s West Berkshire Work and Careers Fair has been hailed as the most successful to date.
More than 55 businesses and organisations offering work and training opportunities for people in West Berkshire exhibited at the event at Newbury College yesterday, after being officially opened by college principal, Dr Anne Murdoch OBE.
The event is the largest of its kind staged locally under the direction of the West Berkshire Skills and Enterprise Partnership with the support of the college.
Dawn Ray of dawnrayconsulting, who organised the fair, said: “The event this year has been the most successful to date in terms of the number of exhibitors and visitors thr-oughout the day.
“The careers fair is a great way for people of all ages and skills to speak to advisers and employers about possible career options, and to gain advice.”
The fair brought together businesses and organisations from a wide range of sectors offering opportunities via apprenticeships, full- and part-time jobs, internships and voluntary work. Among the exhibitors, some of the big names included Barclays, Bayer, John Lewis, Newbury Racecourse, Sovereign Housing, JobCentre Plus, Vodafone, West Berkshire Training Consortium and Wetherspoons.
There was also a series of workshops and one-to-one sessions taking place throughout the day, offering advice on successful job-hunting, help for the self-employed, how to start your own business, writing CVs and preparing for interviews, as well as learning how to effectively job search.
Dr Murdoch said: “The event has been fantastic with many employers recruiting for jobs in their organisations.
“The visitor numbers exceeded our expectations with more than 500 attending thr-oughout the day, and we look forward to some very positive outcomes for both exhibitors and individuals looking for jobs.”
For a video of the event, visit www.newbury-college.ac.uk