Jobfest to link Swindon and Wiltshire’s young people with leading employers

By Anita Jaynes on January 01, 2016

Hundreds of young people in Swindon and Wiltshire are being given the chance to meet employers and showcase what they have to offer.

Jobfest, taking place at the STEAM museum on Tuesday 23 February, gives 16 to 24 year olds the opportunity to hear about apprenticeships, internships, traineeships and full time jobs, as well as advice on CV writing, job interviews and starting a business.

The event, run by Swindon Borough Council, in partnership with Business West is part of the Your Future initiative that is giving 70,000 young people access to potential employers via 250 events across the country.

With support from the Swindon Employment and Skills Board and the Careers and Enterprise Company, Jobfest seeks to build on the success of last year’s event, which saw more than 50 employers and 300 young people take part.

A number of leading local employers have already signed up to the event including: Nationwide, Honda, Network Rail, BMW, English Heritage, Thames Water, Premier Inn, the Army, Tithegrove Ltd, First City Group and many more.

Commenting on Jobfest, Ian Larrard, Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative, part of Business West, said:

“The skills gap between young people and business is a serious threat to our economy, and businesses constantly tell us that young people need to be better equipped for the world of work.

“Large scale events like this are part of the answer. Putting businesses and young people in the same room is a sure fire way of developing the next generation of talent, and this event gives 16 to 24 year olds the chance to improve their employability and for businesses to showcase what they have to offer young people in the Borough.

“With a large number of Swindon’s most recognisable firms signed up, we can improve on last year’s success and make this a fantastic event for all.”

Book your free ticket to Jobfest online today at www.jobfest2016booking.eventbrite.co.uk

Pictured above: Ian Larrard, Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Initiative, part of Business West