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HCC Employment and Volunteering Fair 2015

Posted 18th May

Our sun-drenched courtyard hosted hundreds of learners who were discovering new routes into work at stalls staffed by more than a dozen employers and volunteer coordinators during the fair.

Following an introduction to the event by HCC Head of Tutorial and Support, Monica Marshall, One Housing, Head of Service Development, Peter Keelan and Joseph Gridley, Snior Manager from GLA, students visited experts from One Housing, JobCentre Plus and Ways into Work and many others and received advice on job applications and CVs at workshops sessions.

Advisers from Enterprise Links and E2B signed students up for business bootcamps and start up and self employment masterclasses.

Mace, which helps to manage the college’s estate, was taking enquiries for jobs and apprenticeships. Young Creatives from the Roundhouse were offering openings in the arts, Homerton Univesity Hospital and Resources for Autism routes into care, the Cherry Tree Foundation ways into security, the Ministry of Stories work with young children and City Year a launchpad into tutoring and teaching.

Alongside them Hackney’s Volunteer Centre and the Bromley by Bow Centre were providing first steps into a wide spectrum of careers.

Former ESOL student Maira Aviesa, now a support officer at One Housing, was very busy explaining to learners how they could follow her footsteps. She will be returning to speak to ESOL groups later this term.

“It’s been absolutely marvellous, said One Housing officer Linda Kelly, who co-organised the event. “As lunchtime started more than fifty students had signed up to work with us as volunteers with the elderly, homeless, and tenants with mental health challenges.”

One Housing volunteers are given training in safeguarding and diversity along with references at the end of their six month placements. Learners who missed the opportunity to register on Wednesday can email Linda for details at lkelly@onehousinggroup.co.uk

“The employability of our students was tested and proven today,” says college organiser Karren Mackenzie. “In years to come I’m confident we’ll be seeing many more like Maira, who was recruited after volunteering at last year’s event.”