Partnership highlights jobs and training opportunities

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Last Updated: 05 Sep 2016 12:20pm

Jobseekers in Kent are to be offered free advice on how to get into work at a jobs fair which will be attended by a range of local businesses and training providers.

The event takes place on Thursday 15 September at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells from 10am to 4pm and has been arranged by the West Kent Partnership, Sevenoaks District Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and Jobcentre Plus.

Jobseekers will find out how to get their career back on track through getting the right job or starting a business, and can sign up for information about locally run apprenticeships, volunteering opportunities and training schemes.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal the rate of decrease in the number of people in West Kent claiming unemployment benefit has slowed down markedly in the past few months.

Free workshops will include:
10.30am - Maximizing the Use of Social Media
11.45am - CV Building
1pm - Performing Well at Interviews
2.15pm - Be Your Own Boss

The jobs and training fair will be opened by Cllr Jane March, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Economic Development.

Andrew Holmes, Integrated Partnership Manager at JobCentre Plus, says: "We are working with a number of helpful organisations to give people in West Kent more support to find a new job or get their career back on track. Anyone in our region looking for more help should come along to find out about the jobs and training opportunities available. Thanks to our strong links with the community and local employers, JobCentre Plus is well placed to help people back into work and become more financially resilient and independent."

Nicolas Heslop, Chairman of the West Kent Partnership and Leader of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, adds: "The Jobs and Training Fair is an excellent initiative aimed at linking up the recruitment needs of our local businesses with those actively seeking employment or training opportunities."