Anticipation building for Bexhill jobs fair after college visit

College students were given a flavour of what Bexhill's first Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair has to offer with a visit from the MP and business owners on Friday (March 18).

De La Warr Pavilion chief executive Stewart Drew speaking to Bexhill College students about the upcoming Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair
De La Warr Pavilion chief executive Stewart Drew speaking to Bexhill College students about the upcoming Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair

Huw Merriman, De La Warr Pavilion chief executive Stewart Drew and Bexhill Chamber of Commerce president Martin Riley spoke to Bexhill College students about the fair which takes place on Friday, April 29.

“It was great to meet the students of Bexhill College to talk to them about the Jobs Fair and good to understand what they hope to get from the event,” Mr Merriman said.

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“I am confident that they will find this isn’t just any old jobs fair – this is a fantastic opportunity to be surprised and impressed by the diverse range of businesses offering real career opportunities in our area.”

Marshall-Tufflex's production and assembly manager Keith Graham and Bexhill and Battle MP Huw Merriman on a tour of the factory

The visit to the college was part of National Apprenticeships Week last week.

The fair at the People’s Palace aims to put Bexhill firmly on the map as a town ‘ready for growth’ and a great place to live and work, according to the Bexhill and Battle MP.

It is open to all ages but will target 16 to 24-year-olds to give them the opportunity to learn about a wide range of career opportunities.

College principal Karen Hucker thanked the speakers for the ‘engaging’ talk.

“With information on so many career opportunities in the local area this event will be invaluable to young people,” she said.

Mr Riley said it was very exciting to hear how many students want to work in Bexhill which is what the fair is all about.

All the companies and organisations who have registered to take part will have an actual offer for people attending the fair.

The offers range from live jobs and apprenticeships, work experience opportunities to offering support with CV writing and interview skills.

More than 50 companies and organisations have already registered to take part.

Mr Merriman visited manufacturing company Marshall-Tufflex, which was one of the first businesses to register and become a headline sponsor for the fair.

“It continues to provide a diverse range of interesting and rewarding careers for local people so I am delighted that they are a headline sponsor for the first ever Bexhill Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair,” he said.

Chief executive Paul Hetherington, group personnel development manager Steve Baldry and production and assembly manager Keith Graham took Mr Merriman on a guided tour of the factory.

Mr Baldry said ‘tomorrow’s generation’ need to be inspired and shown the opportunities manufacturing offers across a range of skill sets.

“The fair is going to be a great opportunity for local people of all ages to discover the wide variety of career and training opportunities in our area,” Mr Merriman said.

“The fact that over 50 organisations and businesses have already registered to take part in the fair clearly shows that there is a 
real demand for our local talent.”

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