Despite severe weather warnings and much of the county closing their doors last Friday it was business as usual for the annual Bexhill Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair, which went full steam ahead and proved a huge success.

Hundreds of delegates turned up suited, booted and ready for work, with just two of the fifty two registered exhibitors unable to attend.

The high number of attendees and comradery on the day proved that it takes more than a spell of bad weather to dampen the spirit of local businesses and jobseekers. The non-profit, community led event, held at the De La Warr Pavilion, welcomed fifty local employers and over three hundred and fifty delegates with hundreds of live vacancies available on the day; as well as workshops, apprenticeships and training opportunities. Jobseekers were more diverse in terms of age and background than ever before.

Diane Rysdale, Hastings Direct Recruitment Operations Director said:

‘The Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair 2018 was another great event for Bexhill and we were delighted to be part of it. It was great to see so many people looking for work and attending the various employability and CV workshops. Our Hastings Direct team spoke to lots of prospective employees and it was great for one of our colleagues, who we met at last year’s fair, to share her Hastings Direct story.’

Martin Riley, President of the Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Tourism said:

‘I spoke to many exhibitors, all of whom were very impressed with the show; both quality of organisation and mix of candidates. Everyone I spoke to want to be involved next year.’

Employers ranged from huge Bexhill-based multi-nationals to local, family-run businesses, with industries ranging from construction to design to commerce to needlework.

A great day for local business and a testament to the unbreakable spirit of our thriving community, proving once and for all that Bexhill really is #readyforgrowth.

Posted by Tara Neville on Thursday 8 March 2018