Case Study: Woking Careers Fair

Wells Room

On Wednesday 25th April, Woking Borough Council held a Careers Fair.  This initiative was to support Woking Borough businesses to recruit staff. With a low rate of unemployment in the borough, many organisations have found it difficult to attract and recruit staff and many candidates found the Woking Careers Fair attractive, as it gave them the opportunity to meet with employers face to face.

The Council consulted with Paul Webster of the Webster Consultancy and Rachel Oliver of Clockwork Recruitment; Paul and Rachel having organised two very successful Surrey Job Shows at H G Wells in the past.  The Fair included an exhibition in the Wells Room with a capacity of 472 m² and set up with 48 stands for companies, recruiters, SMEs, charities and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations to discuss skills, experience and job opportunities with eager applicants.   The many exhibitors included such companies as Menzies, Sir Robert McAlpine and SKY and public sectors organisations such as the NHS, the Army and Surrey Police.  There were also local charities such as the York Road Project.

Four free seminars ran alongside the Careers Fair in the Griffin Room which covered the following subjects:

  • How to produce a winning CV

  • How to prepare for interviews and be successful

  • What Apprenticeship schemes involve and how to get on one

  • Getting  back to work after illness or with a disability

The Griffin room is 135m² and was set up for 80 people theatre style.  It had a projector, screen and laptop available for the presenters to deliver their seminars

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I have been organising exhibitions and other events at HG Wells Conference & Events Centre for over 16 years and have always found the facilities to be excellent and the staff extremely co-operative and aware of my requirements. This is so important because experienced, helpful venue staff are vital to the smooth running of any event and the Woking Careers Fair was no exception. Paul Webster, Webster Consultancy