Hundreds of people came along to my seventh Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair on Friday. Jobseekers spoke to staff from dozens of organisations offering jobs, apprenticeships and training schemes at Dover Town Hall on March 29.
The main sponsors for this year's Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair were P&O Ferries. Dover Technical College, electricals firm Megger and food manufacturers Bakkavor also contributed to the event. Charlie spoke to workers from all the businesses who came along to meet prospective employees. A wide variety of stalls showcased opportunities including Border Force and Red Eagle Recruitment, whose spinning wheel gave people the chance to win freebies.
This is what my Jobs and Apprenticeships Fairs are all about. I'm passionate about getting people into work – and helping them find jobs which are right for them. It's so important to get employers and jobseekers together in the same room, so they can talk through opportunities face-to-face.
Our area is full of hard-working, talented people. Many want a foot on the ladder, a new challenge, or to discover ways to help others and make the most of their skills. We must ensure we give them the chance to do so.
Since 2010, more than £500 million has been invested in Dover and Deal, including a new shopping centre, a new leisure centre, the fast train and a major seafront regeneration. More than 7,700 jobs have been created as well as more than 6,000 apprenticeships. Wages are rising ahead of inflation at 3.3% on the year, the biggest increase since 2008.
Despite all the worries about Brexit, we have built a robust economy. These really are exciting times for Dover and Deal – because our beautiful corner of Kent has so much potential. I'm more determined than ever to work hard to deliver more jobs and money to our area.