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Every year DLWP hosts a community-led Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair

DLWP continues to support the economic prosperity of the area, particularly of our young people, through its hosting and organising of the Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair.

The event was held at DLWP for the fourth year on 5 April 2019. More than 500 people attended – an uplift of 40% on 2018.  Over 50 exhibitors were involved including local and national businesses, colleges, training organisations and business and voluntary organisations and to reflect the changing patterns of work, the Fair has  introduced of a new Enterprise Zone.

This community-led, not-for-profit event was organised by Huw Merriman MP, Bexhill College, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Chamber of Commerce, Culture Shift and Rother District Council and 2019 sponsors were Hastings Direct, Bexhill College, Optivo, The Priory Hospital Ticehurst, Bromley Schools’ Collegiate, Business East Sussex, Locate East Sussex, Federation of Small Businesses, Beaming, Westridge Construction and East Sussex Teacher Training Partnership.

Feedback from employers and visitors were extremely positive:

‘We have attended all of the fairs and actually think that this time was the best yet for us.’
‘We’ve seen a good calibre and quantity of young and older people genuinely looking for jobs and have identified 5 potential employees’
‘We’ve had some genuinely great interactions with delegates and have collected details from more than 40 job seekers.’
‘Really useful start-up zone, so many possibilities and leads through talking to different people.’

In response to a report “The future of seaside towns by the House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities”, the Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair was featured on the BBC national news website as an example of creating opportunities to support the regeneration of seaside towns. This was shared by news sites all over the world.

See our blog:

Re-inventing seaside towns : a response