Jobseekers delighted at Redbridge employment fair

PUBLISHED: 17:10 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10 16 September 2016

Redbridge Business Fair at Redbridge Town Hall.

Redbridge Business Fair at Redbridge Town Hall.


“It’s been really useful, there are so many opportunities and contacts to be made. It’s great to talk to people in person.”

That was the view from 33-year-old May Santos of the Redbridge Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair, held in Redbridge Town Hall yesterday.

May, of Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, works in a hotel in central London but wants to get a job closer to home.

“They give you loads of help with CVs and applications, it’s been very interesting,” May explained to me as she walked out clutching reams of leaflets.

For four hours the town hall, in High Road, Ilford, was abuzz with excited, smartly dressed residents on the hunt for jobs.

Saravana Sivananghan, 26, Henley Road, Ilford

“I’m looking for job in the NHS, while currently working as a teaching assistant.

“This is really helpful, how to prepare for jobs, what to do in interviews. It’s great it’s face to face.”

Teresa Almeida, 41, Herent Drive, Clayhall

“I’m looking for a job, hoping to get one in retail or social care.

“It is my first time to one of these fairs and it has been very interesting.

“Really, really helpful and provides great opportunities because companies can explain how to apply.”

Lisa Pentelow, 21, Margaret Way, Redbridge

“It’s really useful to know that there are a lot of employers that are recruiting.

“It’s nice to speak to people face to face.

“I’m feeling hopeful, my friend came to the last one and got a job from it. I’ve applied for lots and lots.”

Vijay Paphiban, 35, Ryecroft Avenue, Clayhall

“I read about it in the Recorder. It’s helped me prepare for interviews which will help me get a good job.

“I was able to come in and show my CV which made things easier. It’s been really useful and motivating.”

There were queues outside to speak to companies such as Toys ‘R’ Us, Barclays and Premier Sport.

Public service employers including the NHS, the Armed Forces and Redbridge Council also held stalls.

The council provided CV workshops and computers where residents could complete applications on the spot.

Upstairs away from the hubbub Cllr Bob Littlewood, cabinet member for employment, skills and fairness, planned his next step to help get the borough working.

He told the Recorder: “I think Work Redbridge really make a fantastic effort in getting providers and employers to engage with the borough’s residents.

“There were also a lot of people offering apprenticeships, which was really encouraging.

“I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but I’ve been reliably informed it’s the biggest jobs fair yet.

Cllr Littlewood was promoted to the cabinet in May, and has big plans for the role.

“There were several schools, including Seven Kings High School, at the fair which was very encouraging.

“I’m particularly interested in providing advice the students when they leave school.

“I’m not sure how many schools in Redbridge do this at the moment, but it’s definitely something Work Redbridge and myself will endeavour to provide.”

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