Success as over 450 attend SVBS Job Fair

On 15 October 2019 South and Vale Business Support, in partnership with SOHA Housing, ran a Job Fair at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot.

The event attracted over 450 visitors and featured 26 local employers, including specialist recruitment agencies.

On hand to help the attendees were support organisations who covered careers advice, CV help, getting online, benefit support and more. 

You can find a full list of businesses that attended here.


Why did we organise a Job Fair?

The event was organised as part of our BIS Action Plan 2017- 2020 to support businesses with employment issues in attracting and retaining skilled staff. 

The aim was to increase residents’ awareness of the wide variety of opportunities which exist in South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. Of the 300 jobs available on the day, vacancies ranged from part-time gym instructors to full-time nursing positions.

The event allowed residents and businesses to identify opportunities that are inclusive and allow residents to contribute to the local economy.

Various agencies were available on the day to provide support to those residents who need additional assistance to enter the workplace and increase their productivity.  The event was a great way for local businesses to find suitable candidates by networking with other organisations attending the event.

If you are a business, or a support organisation, looking to help build links locally then please contact us so we can help to link you up with relevant organisations and support groups.

Success on the day

  • Over 450 people attended across the afternoon.
  • Exhibitors had up to 125 attendees enquire at their stand.
  • 175 CV’s and follow up details left with businesses.
  • 25 interviews held or arranged on the day.
  • 20 job seekers in employment immediately after the event.

We’re still receiving good news on business success from the day!

Quotes from Job Seekers

“Really pleased to get careers advice on my CV by the National Careers Service.”

Very successful. I found just what I was looking for!”

“Fantastic- lots of people, very informative and great companies. Lots of opportunities I hadn’t considered before.”

Quotes from our exhibitors

“The best job fair I’ve attended. Perfectly organised, great venue and quality candidates looking for work. Friendly atmosphere. Very successful indeed! We filled 3 vacancies on the day with 1 attendee starting work the very next morning.

“Excellent location, excellent organisation. Worth spending the time attending.”

“Thanks for inviting us, we have already benefited from having a presence there. 2 people that registered with us have started new temporary assignments yesterday and today!

Quotes from our support organisations

“This was a great event. Lots of people, a great “buzzing” environment and very helpful staff both with SVBS + SOHA. Thanks for having us.”

“This was an excellently organised event. Thank you for facilitating this and for inviting us along. We’ve been in contact with the individuals who have requested help and support from us, and we are now developing next steps with everyone.”

“Good venue. Well advertised. Well attended. Well organised. Good lunch. Very useful for us to attend. Thank you.”

If you’d like to be contacted in regards to future employment events, please contact us.