Preparations underway for innovative Careers Fair

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Hundreds of people are set for a leg up on the career ladder thanks to a free Careers Fair organised by Adur & Worthing Councils.

The event, which will take place on Thursday 27 September at Worthing Assembly Hall, will bring together local schools, colleges and businesses, to offer support and advice.

The Fair is free to attend, and aims to inspire everyone. While it will be open to secondary schools between 10am to 2.30pm, from 3pm to 6pm it will also cater to parents, college students and the general public.

Top tips will include advice on CV writing and finding a job, as well as guidance for those looking to change career.

Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “The Fair is a great opportunity for businesses on the lookout for new and aspiring talent. We’d encourage local employers to register as soon as possible to make sure they can maximise the benefits from this event.”

Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “With over 35 exhibitors confirmed, across all sectors, the Fair provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to find out about our local employment economy and what jobs are available to explore.”

The event is a partnership between Coast to Capital, Adur & Worthing Councils, Adur & Worthing Business Partnership, West Sussex County Council, the Careers and Enterprise Company, JSPC Computers and the National Careers Service.  The National Collaborative Outreach Project is also providing project management support and targeted school engagement.

Local company JSPC Computers is providing sponsorship for the event. Its Managing Director James Stoner said:

“The Adur and Worthing Careers Fair is a great opportunity for people of all ages to explore a range of career options, from multinational global brands to specialist companies. As a supplier of IT solutions to schools and businesses in the region, we know there are a lot of businesses looking for new talent and bright minds. The Careers Fair gives everyone a chance to broaden their horizons and perhaps find new ideas for how to develop their career.”

Youngsters attending the event this year will have an extra boost, after the Adur & Worthing Business Partnership agreed to fund all transport costs for schools in Adur and Worthing.

Andrew Swayne, who is Chair of the Partnership, said:

“This is a very practical way to show support, and one which makes a massive difference between attendance and non-attendance from local schools. The Adur & Worthing Business Partnership are thrilled to be sponsoring the transport.  With many of the local schools scheduled to attend, our funds are already showing a return on investment.”

If you are a local employer and wish to have a stand or have a general enquiry, please contact Beki Tonks on rebecca.tonks@coast2capital.org.uk.

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