The National Careers Service recently partnered with Fish4jobs to run their Careers Roadshow in August. A 'jobs bus' travelled across the country, offering careers advice and workshops each day for people needing information and support.
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Members of Prospects' National Careers Service London team joined Fish4jobs and the National Apprenticeship Service at the Lewisham and Bromley events. Local employer, HSS Hire, was also present to advertise vacancies and assist with on the spot applications.
Prospects' London advisers Trudy Nieto and John Dempster visited Lewisham Shopping Centre; their colleagues Shaunagh Gwynn and Laurie McLoughlin were in Bromley's Market Square the following day. The advisers spoke with customers and reviewed their CVs.
Workshops were run simultaneously on the top deck of the bus; these allowed customers to discuss their ideas about CV development, interview skills and pragmatic approaches to job search. London advisers hosted each workshop and provided further information about the topics.
Prospects' National Careers Service team members Simi Mand and Julie Watts attended both days to assist in the lower deck's information hub, and explain the services available to customers; many were curious about the presence of a brightly coloured double decker bus in their path!
The hub allowed Simi and Julie to provide demonstrations of the National Careers Service website on iPads and show customers the benefits of online tools including a CV builder, Skills Health Check and over 750 detailed Job Profiles. Goody bags including a variety of marketing materials were given out to promote the service; Julie and Simi explained to customers that they could receive advice over the telephone or face to face at a later time.
Despite the typical English weather, both days proved successful, with almost 500 people seen in Lewisham and 70 adviser interactions in Bromley.
John Dempster, Prospects' National Careers Service Adviser, said, "The Careers Roadshow is a great opportunity to deliver advice to people who need it, and raise awareness of the free and impartial service we offer.
"We support, encourage and inspire people at every stage of their working life, from recent school leavers and graduates to the unemployed, and those in work looking to take the next step in their career.
"On the jobs bus we are excited to offer a broad range of personalised advice, whether you are rethinking your options following redundancy, a parent returning to work, seeking a fresh challenge in your career or have just received your exam results."
The jobs bus will begin a second tour on 5th September; further details can be found at www.jobsbus.org.uk