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More than 2,000 jobseekers attended our Job and Enterprise Fair held on Wednesday at Islington Assembly Hall

Within the first 30 minutes, two jobseekers had been recommended for a job interview. “I was here at 8.30am this morning. I am strong believer the early bird catches the worm and this proves it,” said a Hackney resident, unemployed since December. 

23 businesses were exhibiting at the all-day event

An Islington resident said: “Today has been fantastic. It has given me the opportunity to find out about different companies and meet employers face to face, which is a rare thing to do.” 

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Companies in attendance included Crossrail, Vinci Construction UK, Premier Inn and the Royal Air Force, all offering jobs and apprenticeships in hospitality, catering, hairdressing, administration, cleaning, security, care, IT and the military.

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Peabody’s Director of Community Services, Veronica Kirwan said: “One of Peabody’s key goals is to double the number of people we support into work, increasing from 500 to 1000 in the 2015/16 financial year.

"Our annual job fair will go some way in helping us to achieve this and with exhibitors guaranteeing a number of jobs and many residents being fast-tracked for interview, it is a really popular event amongst Londoners and a fantastic opportunity for businesses and jobseekers alike.” 

Into employment

Councillor Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, who attended the event, said: “Islington has longstanding problems around unemployment yet we have a huge supply of jobs on our doorstep. 

"Helping residents into work is my number one priority. With unemployment levels remaining high, what Islington residents really need is a helping hand to take advantage of the jobs on our doorstep. 

"Employment initiatives such as Peabody’s employment fair provide a gateway to the jobs that can change peoples' lives."