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Find Your Talent recruitment fair

Friday 26th July saw Palace for Life hold the ‘Find Your Talent’ recruitment fair for 85 young people at Selhurst Park as a part of our highly successful Talent Match programme.

85 young people were joined by the likes of The Royal Airforce and National Rail at the Find Your Talent recruitment fair to help them to find work and training as a part of the Palace for Life Talent Match programme.

This programme aims to tackle the high levels of youth unemployment in the borough by engaging young people in innovative ways and using youth work organisations to help create a better path into employment and further training. We often work closely with young people for whom previous employment programmes have failed, or for whom access to statutory services is challenging.

The programme and the Find Your Talent recruitment fair are designed to support young people to further their careers, which could be through work, apprenticeships or further training and education. They also aim to build young people’s confidence, resilience, networks and skills to enable them to enter and sustain work.

Find Your Talent offered a platform for these young people to hold conversations with various employers and partners to continue their journey into work. 85 young people attended the fair and were able to find a number of exciting opportunities to support them. Employers were also given the opportunity to network with each other and explore partnership, apprenticeship and training opportunities together. The event was coupled with a great atmosphere created by a DJ, food and non-alcoholic mocktails.

Some of the local companies and providers at the fair included: The Voice Newspaper, National Rail, The Royal Airforce, Brook Street Recruitment Agency, Reed in Partnership, Croydon Works, Strive Training, SPG Security, Crystal Palace FC, London Learning Consortium and Lyndoras.

Squadron Leader Cyrus Pocha, Head of the Specialist Engagement Team at the Royal Air Force Recruiting & Selection, said: “It was a great event and I had some really interesting and positive discussions with young people.  I look forward to the next one!”

Sales & Recruitment Manager Maria, from London Learning Consortium said: “It was a fantastic event, we got the opportunity to talk to lots of young people about London Learning Consortium, our training programmes, and apprenticeship routes.

“I have already been in contact with some of the young people that attended regarding our Apprenticeship opportunities, one person declared an unspent conviction and I am in talks with a couple of employers trying sort out some interviews for him. The rest of the team are following up on learners from the event who would like to do a programme with us, especially those aged 16-24 who are not currently in employment and training.”

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