ApprenticeshipA number of local businesses looking to recruit new staff will be setting up shop at the Pentagon Centre in Chatham this week for the Medway Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair 2013.

The event, organised by Medway Council and Job Centre Plus, takes place from 10am to 3pm on Thursday, 26 September on the first floor of the shopping mall.

It builds on a highly successful jobs fair held last year attended by more than 1,700 jobseekers resulting in 100 jobs being secured and many others helped to get their career ambitions on track.

A number of local employers from across Medway and the rest of Kent will have stands as well as employment support agencies, offering advice on training and skills to help people back into work or find a new career.

That includes the council backed Employ Medway service, based in High Street. Chatham which offers courses and one-to-one support for people who have been unemployed for some time.

Jobcentre Plus will be on hand to provide information on how both employers and jobseekers can benefit from the Wage Incentive scheme, work trials and work experience.

These schemes are part of a range of support offered by Jobcentre Plus under the Get Britain Working Initiative and have helped 3,378 young people into work in Medway this year alone.

There will also be advice available on apprenticeship opportunities, including an ongoing partnership to between Medway Council and Job Centre Plus and other schemes offered to jobseekers.

Budding entrepreneurs can find out more about Medway Council’s My Desk small business scheme, which offers desk space at a number of council owned buildings – from community centres to small business hubs.

Cllr Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, said:

“The jobs and apprenticeship fair not only give job seekers a chance to find out about some of the opportunities currently available but also to get help with skills or training needed to improve their future prospects.”

“We already have a range of successful measures to people find work or training and we are doing all we can to sustain this, not least through our ongoing support for apprentices and skills training.

“Last year’s event was a huge success attracting more than 1,700 job seekers with more than 100 finding jobs as a results and many more getting the help needed to get on the career ladder.”