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WEMBLEY, Thursday 19th September - At the new Brent Civic Centre, the greenest public building in the United Kingdom, hundreds of local people queued to meet employers at the Jobs Fair organised by Brent Active Citizens. Eager jobseekers were queuing to meet employers such as ASDA, CSP and Delaware North Companies from the 10am start and within an hour almost three hundred people had entered. With its official Grand Opening on October 6th 2013 the new Civic Centre is already an important epicentre for the community.

From retail positions to joining the army, local residents were not only able to meet employers directly, but were able to attend CV and interview workshops and access training opportunities. In attendance were also the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Bobby Thomas, and Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, who were thrilled to see the new Civic Centre being used to bring local people and employers together. The turnout surprised employers, training and support providers and the many Council staff who watched the activity in the main atrium of the impressive new building.

The number of people attending clearly shows the local demand for employment as well as employability skills support. Jill Munro from the National Careers Service said, ‘this was, by far, the most busy and productive event that I have attended. The National Careers Service was overwhelmed with the residents of Brent who wanted help in getting back to work/changing career or assistance with their CVs.’

Dominic Pinkney, Chief Operating Officer of Brent Active Citizens, Brent's leading volunteering organisation, said, ' Although the economy has been struggling in recent years, companies are still employing people and today’s Jobs Fair at the fantastic new Civic Centre has been an amazing success with many new jobs secured. For almost 10 years we have supported Brent residents using volunteering roles and work placements to help disadvantaged and isolated people gain the skills and confidence to secure employment. We passionately believe and have demonstrated that volunteering is a gateway to opportunities such as employment, education, training and enterprise. The new Civic Centre is a great venue and we are very proud today to be able to connect hundreds of job seekers to employers, employability support providers and training providers.’

If any local people or employers are interested in coming to the next Jobs Fair, please contact Brent Active Citizens on 07760 758638 or email news@brentactivecitizens.org.uk
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