High praise for Eastbourne’s Week of Work initiative

EASTBOURNE’S Big Week of Work was launched at the Town Hall last week by Hayley Taylor, Channel 4’s Fairy Jobmother and Leon Doyle, Apprentice contestant and successful entrepreneur.

The 300-strong audience also heard from Fiona Barrett and David Kelso from Morrisons and Melanie Hunt, Principal of Sussex Downs College.

Four Work Markets took place over the week each with jobs in different sectors. Jack Walker, who attended the Big Week of Work on Tuesday, said, “I thought the launch event yesterday was a real eye opener, the talks from Hayley and Leon were very useful.

“I submitted two application forms today and was able to discuss the positions with the employers .

“I’m now looking forward to the Customer Service Work Market on Thursday.”

On Tuesday, more than 70 recruitment transactions took place at the Care Work Market.

Sue Wyatt from Eastbourne’s Chaseley Trust, a local care home provider, said, “We were delighted to be a part of Eastbourne’s Big Week of Work, which provided an excellent opportunity to showcase our employment opportunities and meet individuals seeking work.

“We received a lot of serious interest and a good number of positive enquiries regarding employment, which we will certainly be following up.

“Congratulations to Eastbourne Works on putting together this initiative and we would be pleased to support the event again.”

The high-profile event included a programme of workshops delivered by People Matter to support people through the recruitment processes.

All the workshops were free and topics included CV and application form writing and interview performance.

Local employers ran sector specific Work Markets in care, customer service and apprenticeships. Southern Water had an exclusive Work Market on Wednesday.

There was also a self-employment workshop running on Friday to help people take forward their business ideas.

The event was supported by local and national employers who were on hand to speak to those attending about work opportunities and together had a total of over 200 jobs on offer.

Eastbourne’s Big Week of Work was organised by Eastbourne Works which deliver Work Markets for employers or groups of employers throughout the year, helping to bring together those looking for work and those looking to recruit.

They also provide resourcing and development solutions for local businesses who are looking to achieve growth through effective recruitment and skills development.

For further information pop in to Eastbourne Works, 5 Langney Road, Eastbourne BN21 3QA or email david.hinton@sussexdowns.ac.uk