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Local jobseekers flock to Horsham to meet recruiting employers

Horsham District Council’s third Jobs and Skills Fair buzzed with the sound of hundreds of jobseekers looking to meet prospective employers on Wednesday 20 September in the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham.

Employers, apprenticeship providers and training companies came from around and beyond Horsham district, covering a broad range of sectors.

Some 37 employers took exhibition stands to showcase their job vacancies, apprenticeships and voluntary opportunities and were swamped by nearly 450 people from the Horsham district and beyond.

From the world of finance were Kreston Reeves and Grant Thornton UK LLP. Engineering was represented by Metricell Ltd and SIGTA Training who specialise in the training of people in the manufacturing and business administration industries. Some five different care companies were present and employers from the hotel and catering and pharmaceutical industries.

Horsham District Council’s Economic Development team organised the event in partnership with Horsham Jobcentre Plus, the District Post and Collyer’s College.

The event was opened by Jeremy Quin MP and Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr. Gordon Lindsay, who outlined the event’s objectives: “We want to encourage our local businesses to grow and helping them find the right staff is to achieving this objective.

“There are plenty of job and apprenticeship vacancies around this year. The aim of the Horsham District Jobs and Skills Fair is to bring local people together with employers to fill those vacancies. The event has been a great success and many of these vacancies will be filled and more people will be in work as a result’.

There were not only large employers at the fair, but also smaller businesses, such as publisher Usborne Books at Home – a local franchise company.

For more information about the employers present at this year’s Jobs and Skills Fair and about Employment and Skills at Horsham District Council in general, please visit: or contact Leigh Chambers at the council by email:

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