Leader of Worcester City Council, Adrian Gregson, gives his support to successful Christmas Jobs Fair at Crowngate Shopping Centre

The Crowngate Christmas Jobs Fair, hosted at the Crowngate Shopping Centre on Thursday 28th September, welcomed local job seekers and matched many to live employment vacancies in the city. 

03 October 2017

The event, hosted in partnership with Heart of Worcestershire College, gave jobseekers the chance to meet employers, and training and education services from across the city, with the aim of supporting local people into work.

Also joining the event was the Leader of Worcester City Council, Adrian Gregson, who gave the seasonal recruitment event his seal of approval.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, Leader of Worcester City Council, said: “I’m delighted that Recruit Crowngate has already helped around 20 people into employment so far. With jobs fairs like this, we can we help even more local people into work. The scheme is a great example of everyone working together – The Crown Estate, Crowngate Shopping Centre and Heart of Worcestershire College – to match good candidates with the right jobs, so it’s a win-win for local people and local businesses.”

Crowngate retailers, including New Look, Clintons and Debenhams, had several vacancies on offer at the fair, for both permanent employees and seasonal Christmas staff.

Recruiters from the new Bluebell Farm pub and restaurant from Greene King, Churchill Service Solutions, providers of cleaning, catering, security and maintenance staff, as well as RAF Recruitment and Army Reserves, were in attendance at the event.

Heart of Worcestershire College, the Department of Work and Pensions andJobcentre Plus were on hand at the event to provide jobseekers with support, advice and access to training and education services.   

Faheem Qureshi, Head of Employment Generation at The Crown Estate, which owns the Crowngate Shopping Centre, said: “This is our second jobs fair and we are thrilled with the response from local people looking for festive and long-term employment in the city. The success of yesterday’s event demonstrates the impact that Recruit Crowngate is having in engaging local businesses, and bringing them talented, employment-ready candidates.”

Erica Burlace, Centre Manager of Crowngate Shopping Centre, adds: “Recruit Crowngate is playing a vital role in placing the right people in the right employment. It is also enabling discussions to understand the challenges faced by candidates and employers alike, and offering solutions to help overcome them.” 

Recruit Crowngate is one of several employment initiatives instigated by The Crown Estate, with Recruit schemes currently running in Northamptonshire, Leicester, Exeter and London. To date, the initiatives have helped more than 1,700 unemployed people get back into work.