“We’re really pleased with the turnout from today and it’s lovely to see so many people coming to the Job Centre and speak to the employers and providers that we’ve got,” said Amy.
“The turnout from people looking for work has been phenomenal and we’ve seen over 800-people already and that’s still progressing as the day goes on. But it’s also really good to see a lot of the employers here who have actually got vacancies in Newport, because the more number of jobs that we can get for the people of Newport the better really.
“I think doing these events is really important. Its part of what we do every single day, but to see it on such a big scale and to see so many employers come in with actual vacancies and have the customers to match that is just a really fantastic thing to happen.
“Based on the success that we’ve had today we’ll hope to run more in the future. But like I said, this is part of what we do every single day but if it ups the anti in terms of what we’re already doing and the success that we have, then I’m all for it. Since we’ve converted to an office of the future and had a refurbishment, we’ve now got the facilities in the Job Centre to be able to hold these sorts of events.
“This was a bit of a trial for us today but I think after one or two hours of the doors opening, we quickly saw that it was going to work and hopefully we’ll run more now and mirror what we’ve done today. Today’s certainly been a success and we hope to continue that with the local employers in the area.”
Newport City Radio made an appearance at the event and held a popular DJ workshop with one of our resident presenters, Dizzee Dee, as well as letting local people know about some of the options available to them.
I think events like this at the Job Centre are great for young people looking for work.
We caught up with Chris Mcilquham; someone who is currently reaping the benefits of an apprenticeship with the Welsh Assembly Government, which he says has opened up many opportunities for him and that he hasn’t looked back since starting it.
"I’m currently on an apprenticeship with the Welsh Assembly Government and I can’t speak any more highly of them,” said Chris. “I was a guy working in bars without much direction and didn’t really know what I wanted to do. So I applied for this apprenticeship, which is Level Two in Business Administration, they took me on and I’ve never looked back since.
“I’m getting paid a decent wage, I’m learning things left right and center and everyday there’s something new. It’s given me so many progression opportunities and I don’t think I would’ve got that in any other route really.
“I think events like this at the Job Centre are great for young people looking for work. The fact that you can come along and speak to employers to find out exactly what they’re looking for, as apposed to just reading a job description online, is really beneficial and you can judge what your options are. But it’s great knowing that the jobs are out there for people.”
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