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Capital Talent: supporting adults into work

Our new careers event Capital Talent got off to a flying start with over 3,000 adult Londoners seeking quality careers advice and talking to employers about job vacancies at a range of levels from entry to experienced hires.

It took place over two days at the ExCeL Centre in London, and featured top employers, universities and colleges, as well as careers support seminars. It was a one-stop shop for anyone wanting to better their career, enter the workforce or train to gain the job of their dreams.

Feedback from visitors and exhibitors was good so we will be looking to expand the event next year. If you or your business would be interested in exhibiting, please get in touch with Mark Hilton or view our sales brochure for this year.

Ahead of the event we surveyed jobseekers to get their views on skills and training. Lack of skills is often cited as a problem for the British economy, but the survey shows jobseekers have a surprising commitment to gaining new qualifications and skills.

The survey found that:

  • 86 per cent of people were “likely” or “very likely” to study for a new qualification in order to get their next job.
  • That’s more than would be willing to work for the national living wage (30 per cent), travel more than an hour to work (62 per cent) or work unsociable hours (46 per cent).

Furthermore, skills training and qualifications are now a key part of what employees look for from employers:

  • A large 77 per cent of jobseekers surveyed regard time off to do a job-related qualification as “important” or “very important” when considering their next job.
  • 94 per cent of potential employees regard opportunities for training more generally at work to be important or very important.

Contact: Mark Hilton, mhilton@londonfirst.co.uk

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