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What employers say about the Job Clubs and Fairs

Feedback from employers using the Job Club and Job Fairs to recruit.

I have seen how beneficial the job fairs can be. If you're looking for a job or even if you're interested in a new career, do go along. There are lots of recruitment companies and government and council people to help with employment related queries."

October 2014 - Samuel White, Bicester

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Bicester Job Fair, Nov. 2015

· Really well organised event with lots of support from the job club staff. Envigo

· Well communicated with plenty of notice. Very helpful on the day, clear direction and were helpful sending candidates to our table. The communication and running of the event was flawless. Bidvest

· All queries answered in a very timely fashion. Cherwell Care Services

· Always quick to respond and very friendly and helpful. Link Homecare

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Banbury Job Fair. March 2015:

"You all organised a very good job fair today, coping with the largest number of employers/organisations I've ever seen!" Penny Simpson, Adult Learning & Careers Adviser

"Many thanks for arranging the job fair in Banbury. It was a good event." Helen Hannay, Manager ASCC in Oxfordshire

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"Thank you very much for allowing us to host a table at the job club today. We found it to be a good experience and it was good to speak to people in Bicester that are currently looking for jobs."

Rebecca Lambrianou. Equation Recruitment, Bicester

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160 eager job seekers attended the Bicester Job Fair
"Feedback from Sainsbury's:

"We had several candidates - initially contacted through the job club - who went on to apply online and were successful for interview.  We also ultimately offered roles to many of these candidates who are now working successfully in the Chipping Norton store.

"We found prior to attending the job club that many of the vacancies we advertised online had not attracted any applicants, but after the promotion on local radio by the job club on our behalf we had many more candidates on our second visit and a number of outstanding vacancies closed because of this.  I firmly believe that attending the job club resulted in filling a number of our vacancies.

If another business had vacancies to fill I would certainly recommend that they attend the job club, although it was certainly worthwhile having our attendance promoted for us prior to the event."

Clare Brand - HR Manager, Sainsbury's

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"Bicester Village is committed to attending every job club as we routinely have over 70 vacancies."

Miranda Markham, Bicester Village

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"Yes, I found it really useful and am hoping that the way you run your job clubs can be replicated in Oxford. I was amazed at how positive the atmosphere seemed and the resources that were available."

Neil Holman, Oxford City Council

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"We would like to say a big thank you to the Banbury Job Club team from Home Instead Senior Care. We recruited an administration assistant and a new caregiver from attending just one meeting in Banbury! The staff were all really friendly and supportive and really helped to streamline the recruitment process."

Lorraine Ball, Home Instead Oxford

"Thanks Suzanne and Lynette for all your help and efforts on our behalf. It is very much appreciated." Colin Corne, Jaybee Motors

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"Firstly I would like to thank your people at the Job Club for being very helpful  and making me welcome on the day.  I am very happy so far with the guys that I have set on and I have another three starting next week, so yes I did fill all the vacancies that we had.

I think the Job Club is an excellent idea and would hope that more local businesses use it - we will certainly use you again if the need arises."

Pauline Pinney, The Tube and Bracket Company, Banbury

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"Just to let you know that we are offering Karen a job so the system does work! Thank you so much for the introduction." Rhubarb Solutions. June 2015

"Just an update to let you know that following your last posting we hired Michelle - so thank you for your assistance." Rhubarb Solutions. September 2015

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Banbury Job Fair. September 2014:

"The job fair was very well organised and found it to be beneficial, so far we have 4 applicants. We're looking forward to attending the Bicester one in Oct."  Harlan Laboratories

"I found the Banbury Job Fair to be a very useful event.  We had about a dozen people put their names down to do volunteering which is great.  It also helped to raise the profile of Restore within the local community and I was able to go and talk to quite a few of the employers and engage with them.  The event was well organised and space was great for our needs.  We would definitely be interested in taking part in any future events." Restore

"The job fair last Friday was very good and there was a very good turn out and we have a few potential candidates who I will be chasing up today to hopefully come in for an interview.  It did seem to be very well organised with people flowing evenly throughout the day which was good as everyone gets to have a chat without waiting too long.  Me and my colleague had a lovely day and would be very happy to attend job fairs in the future." Allied Healthcare.

"I thought the event's organisation was really good, and my colleagues and I were very pleased with the turnout and the number of people we spoke to. The range of employers present was also great and demonstrated how varied the employment opportunities are in the town. We spoke to at least 40-50 people and, judging by the number of leaflets handed out, these were all people interested in the opportunities Sanctuary had to offer. We also had 15 specific queries for further information to which I will be responding separately this week." Sanctuary Housing

"I didn't meet any LGV drivers directly but was able to give out about 8 to 10 applications for people whose friends/husbands might be interested. Either way, I think getting the Bidvest Brand back into the job seekers market can only be a positive thing!" Bidvest

"Yes a very successful day for us. We have 12 leads for reps that are already booked in for signing up this week so very worthwhile for us. Many thanks." Avon

"We found it very useful and took the details of 10 prospective recruits. Please keep us informed of when this event will run again and thank you for allowing us to attend."  Toby Carvery

"The day was well organised and ran smoothly. Venue was good and well laid out and having refreshments available etc. was great. We did not stop all day and had lots of interest shown.  Difficult to know on number of vacancies filled as we are relying on those people now applying for the jobs on line. Overall a real success thank you." Sainsbury's

"It was very useful and I talked to many individuals looking to start in self-employment. I also networked with most of the exhibitors and came away with some food for thought and some new contacts. I thought it was a very successful event and I am glad I attended on behalf of OBE." Philip Hood, OBE

"Thank you for a very useful day, I am hoping to interview at least 10 people, also I did make some useful contacts. Please keep me in mind for any other fairs which you may be holding. With thanks." Life Path Trust

"Thanks for having us there! I was a very good turn out for both employers and seekers." YMCA Training

"We really enjoyed attending the Job Fair and found it useful for future shop floor recruitment needs. The provision of drinks and lunch was greatly appreciated." Magna Exteriors and Interiors

"We attended the job fair at Banbury and discovered some fantastic candidates and networked with the companies and got some meetings set up, etc.  It was very useful and great to have a presence there and meet the companies face to face." Mayday Employment

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Bicester Job Fair. October 2014:

"The job fair all in all was a success. I think I am right in saying that it was a good turn out for both employers and visitors and we have found a handful of great candidates whom we hope to place in temporary employment in the near future. Thank you." K2 Recruitment 

"It was brilliant. I think we got about 10 recruits, which was more than I expected, plus we met a potential new client!" - 2 Angels

"Thank you very much we really enjoyed it and found it very useful.  We met a lot of potential candidates and I also met some perspective clients. We got around 15 people's details and around 10 new vacancies from potential clients. It would be great if you could keep us in the loop on any other job fairs which may come up in the future." - Equation Recruitment

"Thanks for today. I got some good leads, so am very happy." - Avon

"Thank you very much for involving us in the job fair, it was a really great event and it was good to speak to a variety of jobseekers as well as to link in with other businesses. We think that we spoke to about 25 people, a lot of whom were interested in care work. I would say that between 5-10 of those we spoke to will look online for further information about job vacancies, particularly in Sanctuary Care. In terms of businesses, it was great to see a range of employers: large and small, as well as those that were corporate and those with more of a social enterprise focus." - Sanctuary

"We had three potential people and felt that it was a very good fair. I was pleased to get as much interest as we did." - Bluebird Care

"It was my first time at the Job Fair, I really enjoyed it not just from a recruiting point of view but also as a good place to network with other business people. I definitely have some leads to follow up so I think my day was a success. Please can you consider me for any future Cherwell job fairs and I'm also interested in visiting the job clubs." - NYR Organic

"I signed up 12 potential volunteers and enjoyed the day." - Volunteer Connect

"Great event. I found it a total success. From my perspective, at least six individuals expressed an interest in booking a session with Oxfordshire Business Enterprises after I had given them initial advice in terms of setting up in self-employment. Well done to the Economic Development Service at Cherwell District Council. Please keep me in the loop for further events." - OBE

"Thank for your organising the Bicester job fair. We did find it useful meeting with local companies and received 2 CVs which have promise so far." Harlan Laboratories

"Thank you for inviting us to the job fair on Friday. As this was our first it was very insightful in the sense that we gained a good understanding of how the other employers were marketing themselves. We also made contact with a couple of potential candidates regarding roles in our yard/warehouse. Please contact me if you plan on putting on further job fairs in and around the Oxfordshire area in the future." - John Nicholls

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