Friday, 5 August 2016
Jobseekers from Finsbury Park, Islington and further afield in north London could do well by heading for 232-238 Seven Sisters Road on Monday 8 August. The UCKG HelpCentre is holding its first Jobs Fair in the foyer of the Rainbow Theatre, from 11am to 3pm, with the objective of matching candidates with potential employers, education and training organisations and volunteer opportunities.
The event has been organised by the UCKG HelpCentre’s Community Outreach Department, and is the result of close liaison with the council, local employment agencies, higher education and training organisations and charities. The full list of outside organisations who will be attending and running stands comprises:
• City and Islington College
• Islington Council
• Resources for Autism
• City Year UK
• REED Employment
• University of East London
• Intech Centre
• Islington Job Centre
Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and seek advice from the experts running the stands, and wherever possible to sign up for work or training on the day. In addition the HelpCentre will also be running its own stand, where attendees can learn about the full range of support services it offers.
Kim Powell, the UCKG HelpCentre’s Community Outreach Coordinator said: “The UCKG is all about helping people by providing practical support, quite apart from our work as a church, so we hope to be welcoming individuals of all abilities and backgrounds to the Jobs Fair.
“We are delighted to have a good mix of organisations taking part, that are highly responsive to today’s needs. For instance Sevacare supplies care workers that support some 9,600 people across England and Wales each week; the Intech Centre teaches basic skills and IT and offers traineeships for 19-14 year olds embarking on their careers; while Resources for Autism provide practical services for children and adults on the autistic spectrum and for those who love and care for them.
“In deciding to include volunteer opportunities along with training and paid work opportunities, we recognised that experience gained this way can look good on CVs. Volunteering demonstrates commitment and positive attitudes that employers appreciate. For instance, City Year UK challenges young people to tackle educational inequality by giving a year of full-time voluntary service in schools. Besides having a huge impact on children’s lives, it’s a chance for volunteers to develop leadership skills.”