Job fair 1More than 2,000 people attended the Medway Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair in the Pentagon Centre in Chatham which was organised by Medway Council and Jobcentre Plus.

Fifteen hundred job opportunities were advertised by employers from across Medway and the rest of Kent.

Visitors were able to complete and hand in job applications, and there was also advice from a range of agencies about training, apprenticeships and developing the skills to help people back into work or find a new career.

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

There was also information from Jobcentre Plus on how employers and jobseekers can benefit from the Wage Incentive scheme, together with details about 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.

Cllr Jane Chitty, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, said: “I am delighted this was such a success with even more people attending than last year.I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and drive shown by everyone who came along.

“Medway Council is committed to helping job seekers to find out about opportunities and also to get help with the skills and training needed to improve their prospects.

“More than 100 people found work through last year’s event and I am confident the figure will be even higher this year.”