The number of young people without employment is below the national average, and figures have continued to fall from 2010. The economy in the area is continuing to prosper, and 1900 new jobs recently became available.
This month, Brighton Jobcentre held a job fair due to greater demand from employers. There were around 200 roles in construction, retail, care, marketing, warehouse, driving and security. Another 200 new jobs were available at the head office of Rolls Royce Motor Cars, based in Goodwood. There was a job fair at Gatwick with around 50 businesses seeking to fill 1500 positions.
A spokesperson from Brighton and Hove has confirmed that the regular recruitment events they hold are always really successful and give locals the chance to meet employers and find out about available vacancies. There was also career advice and guidance on how to look for work.
Rolls Royce had positions in skilled production such as assembly, leather, wood, logistics, paint, test and finish.
A spokesperson from Rolls Royce said the additional job vacancies reflected how successful the company has become and that it will continue to prosper in the future. He said that the business is dedicated to manufacturing in the UK.
Network Rail, Boots, Yodel, Marks & Spencer were recruiting new employees. One of the heads of M&S stated that retail experience was not essential for the positions and effort and commitment to team work were more important.
Gatwick Airport is the leading employer in the Brighton and West Sussex region with 24,000 people employed there. Recent proposals from the company could possibly create 8000 more jobs and produce £2 billion extra for the economy.
The fair offered many opportunities for career development. There were retail companies, food and drinks providers, airlines, handling agents, operations companies and engineering and hospitality businesses.
Support and job-seeking advice were available from work coaches from Jobcentre Plus, Croyden Works, Crawley College and Employ Crawley. Various employers gave presentations on subjects relating to recruitment.
Companies searching for additional staff included Norwegian Airlines, Jamie Oliver Group, Pret A Manger, Nando’s, British Airways, DHL, Next, WH Smith, Border Force, Sussex Police, Wilson James, Kier Construction, World Duty Free, Hugo Boss, Dixons Travel and Moneycorp.