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AXMINSTER: Job fair highlights local opportunities

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

JOB SEARCH | Fair visitors Steve and Tom Richards in discussion with Dave Clark of JobCentre Plus

JOB SEARCH | Fair visitors Steve and Tom Richards in discussion with Dave Clark of JobCentre Plus

Young jobseekers and school leavers met with employers and training providers at the East Devon Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair in Honiton Leisure Centre. The event was organised by MP Neil Parish, JobCentre Plus and the National Apprenticeship Service. Held on June 27th, more than 20 employers and training providers had stands at the fair. Amongst local businesses offering jobs and training were Axminster Tools and Machinery, River Cottage, HepcoMotion, Deer Park Country Hotel, Cosmic, as well as the Devon Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses. They were joined by a number of major national employers such as the Army, Royal Navy and BT as well as local public sector organisations such East and Mid Devon District Councils. Charities like the British Heart Foundation and the Donkey Sanctuary and training providers Petroc College, Exeter College and Academy4U were also in attendance. Speaking after the event Mr Parish said: “With over a 100 young people attending the fair looking for job and training opportunities, I think it was a huge success and I hope to hold more jobs fairs in the future. "I would like to thank Honiton Community College and principal Glenn Smith for their support and for the use of the leisure centre, the National Apprenticeship Service and JobCentre Plus, as well as all the employers and training providers that made this event happen. “We are lucky in Devon to have one of the country’s lowest unemployment levels. "However, there are still people looking for jobs and too many young people from the West Country move away to find their fortunes elsewhere. "We need to show that Devon is a dynamic business environment with many great opportunities for young people. "I met many innovative businesses in Devon who are crying out for young talent and I hope that fairs like this one provide opportunities for both employers and those seeking work.”

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