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Bedford and Kempston MP, Richard Fuller, is working hard to create employment opportunities for young people in the local community.
On 11th July, Richard teamed up with local Work Programme providers to put on an ‘Employment Opportunity Day’ for young jobseekers at the Bedford Corn Exchange.
The event was the very first of a new type of jobs event where young jobseekers are ‘speed-interviewed’ by local employers. Over two hundred and fifty young people aged under 24 had the opportunity to impress over sixty local employers into offering them a position.
Commenting at the event Richard said, “Many young people looking for work send out hundreds of applications and never get the chance for an interview, so we are turning that around and giving them a series of ‘speed interviews’ to help them really connect with potential employers and prove their value.”
“The feedback we’ve had about the event from both jobseekers and employers has been very positive, with over 70 offers of employment opportunities made.”
Organised by Richard Fuller MP in partnership with Seetec, one of the UK’s largest training and employment specialists, the event brought candidates and employers together under one roof for a day of creating job opportunities.
Employers came from all kinds of industry sectors, including catering, construction, IT, and retail, offering a variety of employment opportunities to encourage the young community to start a new career path.
Jo Giles, Seetec Cluster Manager in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire said “When we were approached to help with the event the only questions we asked was ‘When?!’
“These types of events are so important to the local community and give young people the chance to talk to each other in a relaxed and constructive environment. Many of the young people we work with lack confidence in their job search as they hear so much negativity in the press about unemployment. I hope today has demonstrated to them that there is hope and opportunity out there.”