On Wednesday 10 February 2016, Brent Council partnered with other local agencies to hold a 'Skills and Apprenticeship Fair' for local people.
The fair, which was held in Park Royal and attended by hundreds of people, brought together businesses from Park Royal and across the borough with local residents looking for apprenticeships and employment.
The many young people who attended the fair were shown the huge variety of career opportunities in Brent, including apprenticeships. There were workshop activities including 'CV Skills' and talks from current apprentices to inspire attendees.
The day also focused on residents of any age looking for work. They could apply for live vacancies, speak directly to employers and learn about upcoming opportunities in the area.
Jessica, a student from Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College said: "The day was a great chance to find out more about my options for the future. The 'How to Apply Online for Apprenticeships' Workshop was my favourite as it helped me understand more about childcare apprenticeships which is what I am interested in career-wise."
Businesses also came ready to discuss apprenticeship and employment opportunities, the qualities they look for in candidates at interview and the first steps to take when looking for a job. It was also a great opportunity for businesses in Brent to network and receive peer support, with many staying after the event for a drinks reception.
James Casey, Distribution Manager from John Lewis said: "It was fantastic to see so many residents and young people attending the day, who were so invested in their futures and finding work. Brent is a great place to work and begin your career; we are proud to do business in the borough. We look forward to seeing more new, fresh talent in our workforce soon."
Councillor Roxanne Mashari, Lead member for Employment and Skills at Brent Council said: "Brent Council was proud to jointly host this event to give Brent residents, especially young people, more opportunities to learn and work. Partnering directly with businesses and organisations is a priority for the council, to help create a highly skilled local workforce directly from the community. It was a great event to be part of, and a pleasure to speak to so many on the day."