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Job Fair attracts 1,300 jobseekers

Over 1,300 people attended the fifth annual Lewisham Job Fair on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June at the Civic Suite in Catford. The Job Fair was a one-stop shop over two days for residents aged 16 and over looking for employment, apprenticeships, education and work experience.

Nearly 60 exhibitors – including national companies Virgin Media and Waitrose as well as Lewisham-based companies like ERS247 Ltd​, SiteMasters​ and CIS Security​ – offered jobseekers the chance to speak directly with recruiters and browse new job and training opportunities.

Maurice Thaw, manager of Deptford-based catering and hospitality recruitment agency ERS247 Ltd, said: “The job fair was fantastic for us and exceeded our expectations. We’ve been operating in Lewisham for 18 months so are relatively new to the area but we had over 200 enquiries at the event. In fact, we’ve already got someone attending an interview this week as a result, so we are more than pleased.”

Experts were also on hand to talk to job hunters about current apprenticeships for young people, careers in the construction industry as well as full, part-time and temporary work available locally. 

Hazel Patrick, partner coordination manager at the Waitrose store in Greenwich, was at the event to talk about opportunities across the company, said: “People often think the only jobs in supermarkets are on the check-outs or stocking shelves but there are lots of different jobs within retail that require a range of qualifications. Being at the job fair was a great opportunity for us to interact with a mix of people and talk to them about how we can support them in the application process.”