The Training and Employment Fair organised by the Education & Employment Project of Osmani Trust witnessed over 200 eager visitors to the Osmani Youth Centre, Vallance Road on Wednesday 03 November 2010. The Fair in the Third year running saw numerous job seekers applying for vacancies and enrolling for training and courses that were on offer from varied providers present.
The Fair is an annual event organised to offer the community at large first hand contact between potential employers and those seeking employment, the fair also provides opportunities for those seeking training or qualifications to up-skill themselves in order to find pathways to employment.
The duration of the day witnessed numerous attendees applying for vacancies, handing their CVs, and taking away information packs and application forms, one such person seeking employment who attended seeking potential employment was Forhad Hussain, 23 stated his experience with the following words,
“This Fair is really beneficial, jobs are difficult to come by these days due to the recession and you find many that are available are unsuitable. This Fair however lets us speak directly with those holding vacancies and with that you can then tell if the post is suitable and whether to apply for such roles. This saves both time and disappointment.”
On the day several providers attended hosting information desks and stalls comprising of live vacancies in administration and customer service, training in fields of media, security and housing. Several providers that attended on the day included the Census, Skills Match, NHS, Recruitment R Us, Working Links, Tower Hamlets Council and many others.
The manager of the Education & Employment Project Saiful Alam stated,
“One of the aim is to provide a platform that would bring employers and training providers in direct contact with unemployed people from the community. It was really pleasing to see so many people attend the event from across the borough and beyond. I would like to thank all our partners, staff and volunteers for all their hard work”.
The Education & Employment Project has been established to provide a comprehensive support programme to help people into education, training and employment. It supports those who are traditionally ‘hard to reach’ and those who are classified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training) to access education, training and employment opportunities. This includes introducing targeted groups to accredited courses and vocational training; providing information, advice and guidance so that young people have better access to mainstream education, training and employment opportunities.