I was delighted to hold my 5th Annual Harlow Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair on Friday. The day was a great success that saw hundreds of visitors coming to see over 60 businesses and organisations that were exhibiting.
I am very grateful to Harlow College, Stansted Airport and DMG Mori for sponsoring the event and making it all possible. Harlow Jobscentre, Seetec, Ingeus and the Harlow Chamber of Commerce were also a great help in organising the day.
It was a pleasure to have BBC Essex supporting the event too. They brought along the BBC Bus for visitors to find out more about a career in journalism and try out reading the weather. I had a lot of fun giving it a go myself! Other than the fantastic BBC Essex, the stand-out exhibitor had to be GU Puds who were giving out free deserts all day! They are opening a factory in Bishops Stortford next year and will be creating a wide range of jobs for Harlow residents.
It is great news that unemployment in Harlow is continuing to fall. As of September, the total number unemployed claimants in Harlow was 991. This is 97 lower than in September 2015 and 16 lower than in August 2016.
I’ve already had some great feedback from exhibitors who have found some brilliant new potential employees. There are lots of job and apprenticeship opportunities coming back to Harlow and I am so pleased to be able to help residents access them with my Jobs Fair each year. Best of luck to everyone who applied for a job or apprenticeship there.
Thank you again to everyone who came and I look forward to seeing everyone there again next year!