Stream of jobseekers line-up outside Redbridge Town Hall for careers fair

PUBLISHED: 17:20 17 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:21 18 September 2015

Jobseekers queuing to enter the job fair. Pictures: Ann-Marie Abbasah/Archant

Jobseekers queuing to enter the job fair. Pictures: Ann-Marie Abbasah/Archant


Job seekers were spoilt for choice at a jobs and training event held earlier today.

Paul Truman, HR recruitment adviser of Manchester Airport Group. Pictures: Ann-Marie Abbasah/ArchantPaul Truman, HR recruitment adviser of Manchester Airport Group. Pictures: Ann-Marie Abbasah/Archant

Hundreds of people attended the event in High Road, Ilford, organised by Redbridge Council.

Featuring a range of exhibitors, the vacancies, training opportunities and apprenticeships on offer ensured that residents were able to apply, and get information about a variety of positions.

Cllr Helen Coomb, cabinet member for planning, economy and regeneration, was pleased with the success of the event.

She said: “People were queuing up outside when the mayor opened up.

“It is good to see a wide age range of people looking for work, not just young people.”

The event was so packed visitors struggled to move around the hall, with a queue of people spilling outside onto the street.

Job seeker Shaheen Bellary, 26, of Lowbrook Road, Ilford, wanted to put her Masters degree in business administration to use.

Mrs Bellary said: “I am looking for a banking job and have applied to three jobs so far.”

Careers advisors were also on hand to give advice to job seekers to those still unsure about what they wanted to do.

Mother of four Christiana Obomagbeaghian, 43, of Selbourne Road, Ilford, was looking for a position that would fit around her youngest daughter’s schooling after her husband died last year.

However, not everyone was enthusiastic about the opportunity to look for work, with a group of students expressing their disappointment with the job search process in general.

Student Adeel Deol, 18, who attends University of the Arts London, said: “Retail values people with experience more than people with qualifications.

“If you have someone with qualifications for a job, its better to be over-qualified, but shops often take people on who do not have any and they get the job.

Paul Truman, HR recruitment adviser for Manchester Airport Group, which owns Stansted Airport, offered some encouragement.

“Do not give up, there are a lot of jobs out there,” Mr Truman said. “I would say to people, try and get some experience on your CV, even try volunteering to build it up.”

These sentiments were echoed by Cllr Coomb. “I’d encourage all job seekers to keep looking for work and if something doesn’t work out, try something else,” she said.

“This event is not just a one-off, things run throughout the year to help people.”

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