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New Year jobs boost for East Durham residents

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Published by Heather Jacklin for Accent Group in Housing

Networking at Accent Foundation's jobs fair Networking at Accent Foundation's jobs fair

St Mary’s Community Hall in Horden, Co Durham, provided a warm and welcome venue for Accent Foundation’s New Year jobs fair.

The fair brought together almost 50 employers, training providers, employment support services and apprentice opportunities to help residents looking for work, work experience or a change of career.

As part of Accent Foundation’s strategy to sustain and regenerate its East Durham communities in partnership with the local voluntary and community sector, Friday’s event offered jobs with npower, Caterpillar and the latest vacancies through Job Centre Plus.

For those facing barriers to employment; Families First, Mental Health Matters, Acumen Trust and Easington Job Club were among many agencies ready to support residents to get on and into a job.

Local Customer Services Advisor and event organiser Amanda Grange said, “we’re really pleased by the positive response for our first jobs fair.  To have so many residents and job providers under one roof talking and networking made it really worthwhile.”

Residents who registered on the day will be contacted to find out how they got on, and the association hopes to set up a weekly jobs club for extra support in the  future. There will be help with job searching, completing application forms, CV writing and interview techniques in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

For more information, contact Accent's Community Organiser Michael Fishwick on 0191 569 1507 or email michael.fishwick@accentgroup.org

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