Last week I attended the seventh annual Jobs Fayre at Bluewater.
The two-day event, hosted by Bluewater and the Learning Shop, saw in the region of 2,000 jobs available across leisure, hospitality and retail. More than 70 employers took part in the event and offered jobs from sales assistants and waiters to positions in management. Roles were also available working for Bluewater.
It was especially pleasing to hear that the manager of one of the stores offering employment, started on her career path by securing a retail position at a previous Jobs Fayre.
The Jobs Fayre is a fantastic event and many of the employers told me how much easier it makes the recruitment process to be able to speak to applicants in a more relaxed environment. They were also very impressed with the calibre of employees they have previously recruited through the Jobs Fayre.
The Learning Shop, which is a partnership between Bluewater, North Kent College and the Department for Work and Pensions, has been operating for 19 years. Since its inception, it has trained over 22,000 people and has helped more than 50,000 people find employment. The Learning Shop and its staff is a great asset to our community and it continues to have a really positive impact on employment in Dartford.
Bluewater is the largest employer in Dartford with more than 7,500 people working there, with an additional 2,500 people employed over the Christmas period. As it enters its 20th year in 2019, it is pleasing to see that Bluewater continues to thrive. Work is currently underway to accommodate the new Primark store which will be located next to House of Fraser.
Bluewater recognises the importance of providing not only retail, but leisure facilities too, with both the beautiful nature reserve and Gravity, the trampoline park. There are also a large number of other leisure projects currently being planned.
With unemployment in Dartford continuing to remain stable, it was great to see so many people keen to work at Bluewater.