7 September 2018

New career event – new opportunities

A new event is bringing together employers, training providers and work experts to inform residents about the range of opportunities and jobs available locally right now. 

The Fuller Working Lives event will take place from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 19 September at the Brighton Centre. The spacious Syndicate Wing will host a range of stalls for visitors to browse and discover career opportunities. Workshops will also be held offering insight into employment openings and exploring how existing skills fit the modern workplace.

This event will be of particular benefit to anyone considering returning to work, a career change or volunteering as well as those keen to learn about accessing training or education opportunities.

Information and advice will be available from representatives from construction, hospitality, retail, the NHS, transport, volunteer agencies, training providers and many more.

The National Careers Service will be on hand to explain the support available to make informed decisions on learning, training, work and career opportunities, as well as provide help with CV’s.

Councillor Daniel Chapman, Chair of Young People and Skills Committee, said: “September is a great time to be thinking about starting a course, volunteering or looking for new employment opportunities. Moving jobs, and particularly starting a new career, can be daunting at any age. I encourage residents to come along to find out more, don’t miss out!”

The information on offer is suitable for anyone of working age, although the over 50s age group has been identified nationally as really benefitting from looking into their work options in this way. By 2030, only 12 years from now, half of the working age population in the UK will be more than 50 years of age. Employers are increasingly recognising the skills and experience of older workers as their numbers rise.

The Educational Development Trust is one of the sponsors for the event. Wendy Phillips, Project Co-ordinator at the Educational Development Trust, said: “The Fuller Working Lives campaign encourages people to think about their future financial security. It is never too late to learn a new skill, fully appreciate and utilise existing skills, begin a new career or start volunteering. I hope that by meeting employers, local providers and attending the workshops residents will realise that age or a lack of confidence doesn’t need to be a barrier.”

There are also specialist workshops available:

  • 4.15pm to 5.15pm: Working in the health and social care sector
  • 4.45pm to 5.45pm: The local labour market
  • 6pm to 7pm: Transferable skills

Places are limited for the workshops and advance sign up is strongly recommended. Find out more and register for the workshops (Note, no sign up is required to attend the main event)

More information:

The Fuller Working Lives careers event is organised by Brighton & Hove City Council; the Department for Work and Pensions; and the Education Development Trust.