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People Fair links jobseekers and employers in Exeter

01 June 2015

Fifteen people are a step closer to entering the work place thanks to a ‘People Fair’ held by Prospects, the education, employment and skills company, and Westward Pathfinder on 21 May 2015 in Exeter.

People Fairs - a careers fair spun around - matches employers who have job vacancies with Work Programme customers seeking employment. The companies involved at the recent People Fair included Prestige Nursing, Toys R Us, Carillion, Nurse Plus, Devon Cliffs, Bourne Leisure, Modus Care and British Ceramic Tile.

Prospects is a prime contractor for the Work Programme in the south west of England and is a subcontractor in Bristol and London. The Work Programme’s purpose is to support individuals to transition from welfare to work then sustain employment.

The customers benefitted by meeting employers face to face, ensuring their personalities and enthusiasm gave the recruiters a positive first impression. The employers benefited from a fast, free recruitment service and the opportunity to meet potential employees, keen to work in their sector and immediately available to start work.

Carole Applebee, Devon Team Manager of Prospects, said: “The People Fair was a great success, there was a definite buzz and everyone involved ‘sold’ themselves to the employers and got to know the person next to them, encouraging a bit of healthy competition! All of the employers spent time speaking to all of the customers, and all 15 customers were offered interviews as a result of the People Fair. The event left the customers feeling positive and confident which is critical to improving people’s self-esteem and getting them back into work. The event could not have been achieved without the hard work of Prospects and Westward Pathfinder colleagues.”

Feedback from the employers involved was very positive, each customer had arrived well prepared, clearly enthusiastic and keen to work.

Pat Titley, from Bourne Leisure, commented: “I am so impressed with one customer; if he doesn’t follow up with an application I will contact him myself.”

Jemma Newton, from Toys R Us, agreed: “The customers were all confident and eager, even if those that did not have a retail background seemed keen to broaden their horizons.”

Due to the success of this People Fair, events are being planned in Torquay and Newton Abbot in September.

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Notes to Editor

Two photographs are attached for use taken at the People Fair held at Prospects office in Exeter on 21 May 2015.

About Prospects
The Prospects Group is a dynamic and enterprising organisation providing a wide range of education, employment and skills services in the UK and internationally. At the heart of what we do is the drive to improve the life chances, skills and aspirations of everyone we support. Each year we support more than 500,000 young people and adults.

Media contact:
Alona de Havilland
PR Manager
01823 362804

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