Over 1000 jobseekers and 60 local employers and partners came through the doors of Jaguar LandRover in Castle Bromwich for the Erdington Works Business Breakfast and Jobs Fair.
This event brought together businesses, funding and jobseekers. Businesses learnt about funds available, to help them grow and create jobs. The event then connected local jobseekers with opportunities in the area.
The hugely successful day started with a Business Breakfast, chaired by Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington, and included a host of guest speakers from local businesses and organisations, including Councillor Brett O’Reilly, Birmingham City Council Member for Jobs and Skills; the Erdington Works Partnership: Hart Recruitment; Katie Trout, Director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and Jaguar Land Rover.
Three inspirational speeches were given by Witton Lodge Community Association’s Youth Employment Ambassadors; Jessica Blenkiron, Haleema Khathoon and Dellano Lewis. All three spoke passionately about their experiences and how finding work has transformed their lives. The event also showcased COG – an online tool that connects young people to employment, apprenticeships, advice and training in this city.
This was then followed in the afternoon by a packed Jobs Fair, attended by 40 local businesses and over 1000 people of all ages, looking for jobs, coming through the door.
There was a really positive atmosphere at the event with a number of people successfully finding work, over 50 local people alone signing up for employment advice and support with Witton Lodge Community Association’s Job Shop and countless more people taking information packs and leaflets.
Evelyn Ampadu, 47, said: “It’s a really good jobs fair and good to come along and speak to people. I am here looking for a part-time job, to earn money while the children are out at school.”
These positive views were echoed by George Davis, age 18, who said: “I have really enjoyed the jobs fair. There are people from all different job sectors. It has given me more of an idea of what I want to do. Everyone is really helpful and I am finding work that suits my skills and qualities.”
Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington said: “Erdington is rich in talent but it is one of the poorest constituencies in Britain with enduring problems of worklesssness and high youth unemployment. At the same time local businesses need labour and skills.
Our Business Breakfast at the Jaguar factory brought together 60 employers and agencies and the Jobs Fair saw over a 1,000 jobseekers throng 40 stands in the factory's Visitors Centre. Our aim quite simply was to connect local people seeking a decent job with local opportunities for jobs and training. The day was a magnificent success, above all for me the moving experience of talking to people at the Jobs Fair out of work but now with hope and a ladder of opportunity.”