“It was an amazing event and well worth attendin”

Steven Laker

Southern Water

“An excellent opportunity to meet a range of candidates and promote our brand”

David Hinton
Hastings Works Managing Director

“Hastings Direct thoroughly enjoyed attending the Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair at Sussex Coast College. The stand was busy throughout the day and we met many great candidates who would potentially suit the wide variety of job roles and apprenticeship positions offered at Hastings Direct.”

Amie Sutton
Hastings Direct’s Customer Facing Recruitment Manager




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Sussex Coast College. Debbie BaldockApps ” The Sussex Coast college stand was busy throughout the day, we had a lot of enquires from potential apprentices and employers wanting to find out more about    apprenticeships.”

Care Your Way. Sophie Baxter “I will say that we attended the job fair with not very high expectations. But was pleasantly surprised with Hastings job fair as we have 3 potential new staff interested in the role so all in all it was a productive day! ”

Business in The Community. Martin Yeandle “A valuable and value adding day that can and does make a difference every year. Business in The Community are always keen to support projects that encourage employment, enterprise and education and this Jobs Fare held at the Sussex Coast College was another successful Hastings event. Please reserve us a place for next year!”

Hastings Direct. Rebecca Harper “As the biggest private employer in East Sussex, we were delighted to be in attendance at the Hastings Job Fair on Friday 27th March. We thoroughly enjoyed engaging with local job seekers and other local employers and thought the event was very well organised”

Nurse Plus. Rebecca Millen “I have spoken to the people that attended the event, they were very pleased with the day and the response we got.”

HAYS. Brad Soan “Yes it was a good day, and we recruited some very good candidates that we are keen to follow up with.“An enjoyable day, proving Hastings has many talented skilled workers available and looking to secure the local work Hays Recruitment has to offer”

EF. Richard Lawless “It was a fantastic event not only to meet potential employees but to also network with like-minded organizations that share the same vision to employ local people for great roles!”

Utility Warehouse. Sarah Hallworth “The Hastings Job Fair Event was highly beneficial for us to show case the opportunities we can offer anyone currently looking for work over the age of 18. A fantastic event that is well organised and structured to enable potential new agents the opportunity to see what we have to offer in a really relaxed and informal setting. This worked exceptionally well for our business, its ethos and guidelines. We really look forward to the prospect of showcasing what we have to offer potential new recruits at the next event.”

Elite Hair Academy. Linda Smith “Elite Hair Academy did find the jobs fair very useful. I have contacted four prospective visitors to our stand to arrange interviews for 4x salons on our books looking for apprentices. The interviews are booked for the 16th April. It is an excellent platform to meet other private training providers and charities, so we can get together with employability training plans for the good of Hastings commerce and the people needing employment. Thank you to everyone involved in organising this positive event in our great town!”

Saga. Melissa Clark “It was great to meet with so many enthusiastic job seekers this year at the fair and we’re excited about the prospect of bringing new talent into our business as a result of our presence.  Resulting from the fair, we’ve directly invited 36 people into our recruitment process and we’re working with these candidates with a promising outlook.”

FSN. Fee Perks  ” a very enjoyable and worth while event, which helped to help promote and raise further awareness of the charity and the ethos of supporting families and children. As well as supporting and forming strong links in partnership working with our funding providers Sussex Coast College by being able to deliver and offer apprenticeship opportunities in Childcare”

Another Successful Jobs Fair for Hastings

Amber rudd With Winner at Azur Amber Rudd at Azur

Elena lives in Hastings and last summer was looking for work. Whilst at the Jobcentre she noticed an advert for Amber’s Jobsfair and took the opportunity to go along and see what was on offer.

At the Jobsfair Elena met with staff from Hastings Works who went through her CV and recommended she speak with Lord Brett McClean of the FSB who also runs the Azur at The Marina Pavilion in St Leonards. It was this instant face to face contact that led to something remarkable for her.

Brett instantly saw the potential in Elena and a place for her in his organisation. He said the most important aspect was personality. Elena had the right attitude and personality to work in the hospitality industry. After meeting with Brett at Amber’s Jobsfair, Elena had an interview within three hours at the Azur and a couple of weeks later was starting her first shift as a waitress.

Nearly a year later she is still working for Brett but in a promoted position as the Conference and Banqueting Coordinator at the Azur. She said “I’m so grateful to Amber for all she has done in finding me work. I was terribly worried last summer that I wasn’t going to find anything, but at Amber’s Jobsfair I saw hope. There were a variety of opportunities open to people and I was very fortunate to get a job the same day. I love my job, and I’m extremely grateful to Brett for having the confidence to take me on and give me this opportunity I had long been searching for.”

Amber commented “Elena’s story is remarkable, and just shows the power of getting job seekers and employers in the same room. There are jobs out there and it is a case of joining up the dots and getting employers to meet those looking for work. It is these crucial first steps that can unlock years of success and happiness for both employer and employee. Last year we saw 11 people get job offers from the Jobsfair on the day itself. This was a remarkable achievement, and hope that this March we will see many more people like Elena finding work.”

“Tetrabyte Managed I.T. exhibited at Amber Rudd’s 2013 Jobs Fair. The day was a great success attracting many local people who were looking for employment opportunities. I personally spent the day talking with a variety of people with varying skills and abilities, not all suited to our particular employment sector, but nonetheless, it gave me a good opportunity to meet potential candidates for our current vacancies. Following the Jobs Fair we were successful in employing two new members of staff. We found the day very well organised from start to finish and look forward to exhibiting again next year. “

James Cuthbert
Tetrabyte Limited                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         www.tbyte.com



“I would just like to start by saying we are very grateful for being invited to the recent Jobs Fair held by Amber Rudd in Sussex Coast College. This is the second event that we have attended and I can say we found it very rewarding, both in terms of supporting the local community and also to see the amount of candidates we spoke to on the day that have then applied online for a job at Sainsburys. We not only discuss potential vacancies we use the time to help up skill people with what the online process is and what we would look for as an employer at a job interview.

We have had successful applicants that have attended the jobs fair day and this in our opinion demonstrates the value and necessity of these sorts of events.”


Chris Otter

Deputy Store Manager

“I would just like to say that the venue was excellent and the general response was very positive we registered some quality candidates and found the day extremely useful. We would gladly attend this again.”

Paul Reid FIRP, CertRP
Assistant Manager
The Sammons Group – Recruitment Consultants


Hastings Jobs Fair 2013

Hastings Jobs Fair 2012

Total of 38 companies offering jobs from seasonal vacancies to full training schemes to help build your career, the Hastings Jobs Fair was a huge success. Over 1,500 job seekers attended on the day, many receiving follow up appointments.


“Starfire Recruitment came to Hastings Jobs Fair 2012 not really knowing what to expect, and were blown away by how useful it turned out to be. The undiscovered resources of this town would have gone largely un-noticed by not just ourselves but I’m sure our peers also without it. The quality of candidates and the networking possibilities made this a very worthwhile day and we are indebted to Terri Lock and the Jobs Fair as a whole for giving our new business the exposure and opportunity we needed to put ourselves out there and make some waves. Highly recommended and professional, we will definitely be attending again if possible.”

Thomas King
Managing Director
Starfire Recruitment Ltd

“The HJF provided an amazingly fantastic opportunity to engage with Job Seekers and those seeking self employed status, the event itself was extremely well managed and I look forward to representing Azur at The Marina Pavilion and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at future Jobs Fairs organised by Events Office!”

Lord Brett McLean of Hastings

Chairman East Sussex Federation Of Small Businesses, Chairman East Sussex Economic Advisory Board, Executive Consultant Azur at The Marina Pavilion, President, Patron and Director of 9 local, regional and national organisations.

“We had over 50 people sign up to our projects over the course of the day, so a great outcome for us. Well done, it was absolutely buzzing in there, fantastic event”.

Mel Bonney-Kane
Executive Director

The Hastings Trust

“It was great to be able to share information about the opportunities Hastings Furniture Service (HFS) creates at such a well-attended event. We received lots of applications right away from people who wanted to join our L-earn paid pre-apprenticeship project for 16-17s. We also met several adults who are interested in sharing their skills as volunteers or joining one of our training courses. Thank you for organising it.”

Naomi Ridley
Chief Executive
Hastings Furniture Service

“Thank you Terri. I thought it was an excellent well attended event.
Many thanks for organising it.”

Stephen King
Lets Do Business Group

“The Hastings Jobs Fair for me was very successful with an excellent calibre of candidates and good footfall not often seen at this type of event, many thanks for inviting me.”

Mike Allistone
Sales and Marketing Manager
Prime Care Community Services Ltd

The quality of applicants was higher than expected – thank you.

Kirsty Renault
SAGA Services

My experience of the Jobs Fair is that it was extremely well organised and as soon as I entered Sussex Coast College I was given assistance. The venue was also excellent with use of the onsite facilities ie Costa etc. One of the reasons I was able to attend alone was due to having the table and chairs provided for me to use. Given that this was a free event it was an excellent opportunity for Anchor to take advantage of.

Overall it was an interesting day and I was kept very busy. It was a good way to promote Foster Care and I hope we may have made some genuine contacts to follow up as well as distributing our giveaways which will maybe promote some in the future to all Anchor Foster Care.

Thank you again for your assistance.
Nicholette Shoobridge 
Support Worker – Hastings

“Great environment and atmosphere with an impressive number of attendees throughout the whole day” The fair had obviously been well organised and promoted extensively”.

Vanessa Wright
Clinical Services Manager

“I was impressed with the positive vibe of the jobs fair. It was busier than I had expected and I liked the enthusiastic interest of the people that visited our stand. I did identify potential employees for Torr Scientific.”

Torr Scientific

“I thought the jobs fair was very well organised and in a good location for those travelling to the fair by public transport. These logistics were also good for the companies taking part. I felt that there were lots visitors to stands which gave us the opportunity to meet likely candidates.
Many thanks for your hospitality.”

Kate Cramp
Senior HR Business Partner
Southern Water

“The fair was a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to feel confident that there are jobs available. The event looked fantastic and had a really positive vibe. Thank you for the opportunity”.

Dave Ellis 
Branch Manager | Southern | UK Retail and Business Banking

Hastings & St Leonard’s Observer – 7th September 2012

Friday Ad – 7th September 2012

Hastings Jobs Fair in the Observer


Hastings Jobs Fair in the Friday Ad