More than a thousand youngsters looking to get onto the employment ladder flocked to a careers fair

More than a thousand youngsters looking to get onto the employment ladder flocked to a careers fair on Tuesday.

Organised by Surrey County Council (SCC), 1,600 people turned up at Epsom Downs Racecourse to attend a jobs, apprenticeships and skills fair.

The event was a chance for those not in education, employment or training (Neets) to meet recruiters in sectors such as retail, construction and social care.

Among the 100 employers attending were O2, Freedom Leisure, CTC Aviation and Mole Valley Housing Association.  They were joined by seven colleges and more than 20 training organisations.

 

SCC leader David Hodge said: “The fair was a fantastic way to connect young people with future employers.

“It was a huge success for the county council, the organisations involved and, most importantly, the young people who are deciding on their career path.

“Although the number of Neets in Surrey is low compared to the national average, a key part of our work is boosting young people’s job prospects and I really hope some of those who attended are helped into work through our drive to create 500 apprenticeships by next April.”

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