SLOUGH ASPIRE NEWS
Slough Aspire to deliver unique town centre jobs fair POSTED BY FIONA JONES: OCT 2016
Slough Aspire, a pioneering public and private sector community venture in Slough, has devised an innovative jobs fair sponsored by Slough Town Centre Partnership that promises to turn the traditional recruitment process on its head. Called the Town Centre Recruitment Event, job seekers are being invited to visit the town centre where a variety of businesses based there will prominently display posters in their windows about vacancies. Immediate enquiries may then be made, leading to possible interviews either on the day or later.
Slough Aspire, a pioneering public and private sector community venture in Slough, has devised an innovative jobs fair sponsored by Slough Town Centre Partnership that promises to turn the traditional recruitment process on its head.
Called the Town Centre Recruitment Event, job seekers are being invited to visit the town centre where a variety of businesses based there will prominently display posters in their windows about vacancies. Immediate enquiries may then be made, leading to possible interviews either on the day or later.
The event will take place from noon to 6.00pm on Tuesday, October 25. It will be coordinated by Slough Aspire from The Curve, Slough’s exciting new premier library and culture centre.
“The Town Centre Recruitment Event is designed to be a far more direct, simple and engaging way for job seekers to find employment in Slough’s vibrant and fast-developing town centre,” says Fiona Jones, Slough Aspire’s chief executive officer.
“Instead of job seekers’ sitting at home and sending off forms, the whole recruitment process will be face-to-face from the start and quicker for applicants and potential employers.
“Straightaway, both will be able to form first impressions about each other, the kind of work to be done, the business and workplace itself, career prospects and most importantly, whether both feel confident about going forward,” says Fiona Jones.
Already, twelve potential employers in the town centre want to offer jobs that will appeal to residents from Slough and the surrounding area, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity. Companies include Starbucks, Santander, Marks & Spencer, The Laser Clinic Group, Barclays and smaller, independent, local enterprises.
Councillor Sohail Munawar, leader of Slough Borough Council, said: “Slough town centre is on the up – a huge amount of regeneration is going on, with new offices already under construction and more homes being planned, all of which will increase job opportunities.
“This event is an exciting and inventive way of pairing Slough’s talented workforce with town centre employers and, if successful, I hope to see more events like it in future.”
During the event local dignitaries and personalities will drop by to meet job seekers and potential employees, offering their experience and advice to encourage good outcomes.
Overall, besides facilitating the recruitment process in the town, the initiative’s other main aims include creating work experience opportunities, promoting Slough town centre and helping boost the local economy.
On the day job seekers will first register at Slough Aspire’s Careers Hub located in The Curve. There they will find out about participating businesses, available vacancies, get help with their CV if required, and obtain interview tips and careers advice.
“Besides the offer of jobs and work experience by Slough town centre businesses, job seekers will be able to gain valuable careers advice and guidance. We are confident the day will be fulfilling and worthwhile for everyone involved in this unusual and innovative initiative,” says Slough Aspire’s Fiona Jones.
A further benefit of the day will be the opportunity for potential job seekers to visit The Curve, where Slough Aspire will be working from. This recently opened and impressive public amenity houses a library, cafe, museum, performance venue, learning rooms and computer suite. With advanced and comfortable facilities for Slough residents, visitors and businesses, it is a state-of-the-art, centre-of-town meeting place.
About Slough Town Centre Partnership
Slough Borough Council has established a Town Centre Partnership comprising of businesses, retailers, Thames Valley Police and officers considering a range of measures to directly support businesses, stimulate business growth, attract shoppers and boost the local economy. The Town Centre Partnership, chaired by Marks & Spencer, discusses ways of establishing the town centre as the first choice shopping and eating destination for residents, workers and visitors. The group focusses on attracting visitors and increasing consumer spend in the town centre. It is keen to promote the development of a vibrant town centre that addresses the needs of the business, cultural and visitor communities through partnership and collaboration with the residents, local agencies and the third sector.
About Slough Aspire
Launched in 2013, Slough Aspire is a joint-venture between the public and private sectors that helps people in the Slough area develop their talents and employability skills relevant to the requirements of local businesses. Essentially a business-oriented community enterprise, it offers a variety of approved training and awareness courses plus the hire of its modern and well-equipped facilities for events. It also sponsors the annual Slough Aspire Careers Event. Managed by a Board of Directors, commercial interests are represented by partner companies including SEGRO, Mars and Arvato. Public sector partners comprise Slough Borough Council, Learning to Work and East Berkshire College. Slough Aspire is strategically based in the centre of Slough Trading Estate, the largest privately-owned industrial zone in Europe.