JOBS FAIR FOR BROMLEY’S YOUNG PEOPLE
Bromley’s Youth Employment Scheme (YES) is holding the second annual Jobs Fair on Friday 14 July which will be open to young people living or studying in Bromley between 16 and 24 who are looking for work.
“Bromley has a talented pool of young people from local sixth forms who have decided that university is not right for them but would rather seek on-the-job training through apprenticeships” said a Bromley council spokeswoman.
“The Jobs Fair is a chance to see some of what is on offer locally as well as farther afield.”
Over 25 local and national employer organisations will be represented at the event covering a range of work sectors. These include Clarion Housing, Direct Line Group, Capita, Thackray Williams, The Army, Brands Hatch Thistle Hotel and Headmasters as well as companies representing the Care Sector.
They will be bringing along ‘live’ job opportunities to promote and talk through with the young people that attend.
London Borough of Bromley HR will also be using the opportunity to promote their new programme of apprenticeship opportunities within the Council. Cllr Peter Morgan, Chair of the Bromley Economic Partnership Board will be opening the event.
The event will be a ‘drop in’ session from 10am to 12.30pm at the Bromley Central Library, 4th floor.
The YES programme run by the Bromley Education Business Partnership has already successfully placed over 120 young people in employment as well as offering work experience to many more particularly those who are deemed vulnerable. (Source: Bromley council press release)
CROYDON BECOMES PART OF LONDON-WIDE PROGRAMME TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH
Croydon has become one of the first boroughs in London to become part of a new programme launched to help small businesses in the capital grow.
London & Partners Business Growth Programme which is designed to provide tailored guidance, skills development and support to assist growth for small businesses, launched last week.
The programme offers impartial business advice to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than £40m that are looking to grow across London and the outer boroughs.
Croydon is one of four London boroughs being promoted to businesses as part of the programme, which will provide mentoring, workshops, business growth advice and opportunities as part of a wider London network over three years.
The borough’s inclusion on the programme comes after the council set up a Small Business Commission to explore the barriers to, and opportunities for growth for local SME’s. The commission has been working with local businesses and stakeholders to explore what could make the borough a more attractive place for businesses to stay and grow.
The commission’s initial findings have been published in an interim report presented at cabinet last Monday, alongside a draft action plan which the council and other public bodies will use to strategically plan how they can help local businesses move forward.
Cllr Mark Watson, Croydon’s cabinet member for economy and jobs, said: “I am delighted Croydon has become one of the first boroughs in London to join this programme. “Croydon has excellent transport links and the largest office market outside of central London which is more affordable than many other locations.
“We are committed to supporting small businesses and helping them to grow which is why we set up the Small Business Commission. “I’m pleased more SMEs will be able to learn about Croydon’s offering as a location and why it is a fantastic base for businesses.” (Source: Croydon council press release)