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The Gosport Employment and Skills Fair

Gosport's largest annual recruitment, careers and training exhibition

The Gosport Employment and Skills Fair (GE&SF) attracts on average 50 exhibitors and 700 visitors.  It reguarly has at least 30 employers promoting hundreds of job and apprenticeship vacancies, plus career opportunities.  The other exhibitors are employment support and training organisations and education establishments that can help residents get those jobs and apprenticeships.


Promoting locally available jobs, apprenticeships and training to residents

Previously known as Gosport Business and Employment Fair, it has been staged annually since 2012 by Gosport Borough Council to promote the locally available job, apprenticeship and training opportunities to residents - both employed or unemployed.


Its aims are to help
  • residents find jobs and apprenticeships, get new skills or start a business in Gosport; and
  • local employers to recruit new staff and promote career opportunities

Therefore it brings together employers, employment support organisations, training providers and education establishments, as exhibitors under one roof, to meet with residents.

Supporting local businesses to raise their profile as employers and recruit staff

It is a very effective method for local businesses to engage face-to-face with a large number of residents about their current vacancies and recruit as a direct result. 


It also provides opportunities for businesses to network with the employment support organisations, training providers and education establishments to help maintain and develop new relationships to further assist with recruitment and workforce development.


Highlighting future career opportunities and skills needs to young people

Although primarily aimed at job seeking adults and young people, it is also aimed at pupils and students to help them get a better understanding of the future career opportunities and skills needs here in Gosport. 
 

The Exhibitors 

Employer exhibitors promote job and apprenticeship vacancies, plus career opportunities, within the following sectors

  • Business and professional services
  • Construction
  • Health and care
  • Engineering and manufacturing, including aerospace, marine and defence
  • Public sector
  • Research and development
  • Tourism, leisure and retail        

Support organisation exhibitors, many of which members of the Gosport Employment and Skills Partnership network, are on hand to provide advice and support to help residents
  • Be your own boss
  • Become an apprentice or undertake a traineeship
  • Get new skills
  • Into employment           

         

Outcomes from the 2017 event
The 2017 event was the biggest yet in terms of numbers of exhibitors and employers:
  • 57 exhibitors, 36 of which were employers plus 13 of the support organisations also had job and apprenticeship vacancies
  • 610 job and apprenticeship vacancies promoted on the day
  • 701 visitors
  • 467 CVs/job applications submitted on the day
  • 167 people registered as new clients with support organisations to help them into employment or get new skills

Outcomes from the 2016 event
The 2016 event was sponsored by Huhtamaki - one of Gosport's major employers - and there were:
  • 50 exhibitors (28 employers all promoting job and/or apprenticeship vacancies; plus 22 employment support and training organisations, 12 of which were also promoting job and/or apprenticeship vacancies
  • 658 visitors
  • 448 CVs/job applications submitted on the day
  • 128 people registered as new clients with support organisations to help them into employment or get new skills


Based upon feedback what attendees valued most was:

  • "engaging with employers"
  • "talking face-to-face with exhibitors and getting feedback"
  • "the variety and number of employers actually recruiting"
  • "finding out about jobs, support and advice available locally"
  • "gaining information and knowledge"
  • "friendly and approachable staff"
  • "having jobs and help to get into work under one roof"


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