Calling on local jobseekers

November 7, 2013 5:57 PM

Sutton MPs Tom Brake and Paul Burstow have teamed up with Sutton Council to bring the first ever Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair to Sutton.

Young people from across the Borough will be able to find out about the benefits of apprenticeships and speak to prospective employers about the opportunities they offer.

The event is free and will take place at the Junction Restaurant, Sutton Holiday Inn, Gibson Road, at 1pm on the 14th of November. It will follow the "Matching Skills with Demand" Conference, which is bringing together local schools, employers, and training providers to discuss how local young people can be best equipped with skill sets that will be needed in Sutton in the near future.

2,060 new apprenticeships have been created in Sutton since 2010, but Sutton's Lib Dems MPs and the Lib Dem-run Council want to go even further. As part of the event, a borough-wide campaign will be launched looking to create '100 Jobs in 100 Days'. Together with Sutton Council, Tom Brake and Paul Burstow will work to boost opportunities in the local area and encourage business to introduce paid apprenticeships and more local job seekers to sign up to them.

Cllr Jayne McCoy said:

"Creating more jobs and opportunities, especially for young people, is top of our list of priorities.

"Paid on-the-job training for local people is crucial to creating a stronger economy in the borough, and offers great benefits to growing businesses. Jobseekers stand to gain valuable work experience from the scheme and businesses benefit from a range of motivated employees they can train up to become a valuable part of their workforce."

Tom Brake MP said:

"Having an apprentice in my own office, I know just how much this can benefit any employer and about the skills and opportunities young people gain through apprenticeships."

"I would encourage any young or unemployed person in Sutton who would like to find out more about apprenticeship to come along."

Paul Burstow MP added:

"I am delighted to promote this opportunity to local businesses and young people. I will continue to work with employers to ensure that we are arming the next generation with the skills they need in order to face the demands of a changing job market."

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