A jobs fair for Armed Forces Veterans in Plymouth was a great success, with more than 230 people attending the event.
The jobs fair, which was organised by the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, which is coordinated by Plymouth City Council, had around 50 stands from local employers across the city.
The jobs fair provided opportunities for employers and potential employees to meet and discuss job opportunities, and also featured workshops linked to self-employment; mock interviews and CV writing throughout the day.
Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture and Armed Forces Champion for Plymouth City Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the success of the jobs fair and we also had very positive feedback from those attending and the businesses that were represented there.
“As a Veteran myself I know how hard it can be too adapt to Civilian Life and starting a new Career, so it’s really important that we continue to do all we can to support local Veterans back into work when they leave the Forces.”
The event was organised by Heather Ogburn who facilities the Covenant on behalf of the Council. Heather said: “We’re really pleased with how the event went, we had some fantastic support from local companies and and lots of interest from Veterans, dependents and serving members of the Armed Forces. It is vital that we continue to help our Veterans as they transition into civilian life as it can be quite daunting. It’s important that our Veterans know there is life after the Armed Forces and that we are there to support them.”
Mel Standlick from SSG Training and Consultancy Ltd who held a stand at the event, said: “We were very impressed with the fair on Tuesday; the event was very well organised and we had some very good conversations with potential delegates.
“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to exhibit, and we would be very grateful if you could keep us in mind for any future events.”
The work of the Covenant has received national praise and was featured in the Alex Polizzi documentary ‘Hire Our Heroes’ a few months ago on BBC2. Many large local employers are signed up to the Covenant including Babcock and Amey, though membership continues to grow, and all businesses in Plymouth are invited to join.
You can find out more about the Covenant here.