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Fair will overcome barriers to work

ORGANISERS hope to repeat the success of a Bognor Regis skills showcase.

 

A record number of more than 200 people attended the most recent of the Arun Skills and Jobs Fair. This was held in the town last September.

 

The next is taking place from 10.30am-1pm on February 22 at the Littlehampton Children and Family Centre at the Wickbourne Centre in Clun Road, Littlehampton.

 

The fairs enable people to meet training centres and employers to break down the barriers to work such as interview skills, training and childcare options.

 

They are held by West Sussex County Council’s children and family centres with Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Jobcentre Plus.

 

One of the organisations which has taken part in previous skills and jobs fairs is Safe in Sussex. Its chief executive, Sharon Howard, said: “The jobs fair was a great opportunity for us to talk about our services and and for potential volunteers to come forward.

 

“It was an added bonus finding a new member of staff, too.”

 

Cllr Stephen Hillier, the county council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said the positive feedback from previous fairs had led to four being organised for this year.

 

“There will be experts on hand to help with a range of worries, including confidence building and financial support. I would encourage anyone who is worried about work to not be afraid and come along.”

 

The next Arun Skills and Jobs Fair will be a special event in Bognor Regis for young people on April 24. Further events will be in Littlehampton in September and Bognor Regis two months later.

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