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Cambridge is hiring - don’t miss the job fair

Sponsored feature | By Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID

Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID. Picture: Richard Marsham
Ian Sandison, CEO of Cambridge BID. Picture: Richard Marsham

In any other time in recent history, unemployment levels of 3.6 per cent, the lowest for almost 40 years, and wage rises approaching 6 per cent would be inflationary, but with inflation remaining above 10 per cent then it is a challenging outlook.

In recent weeks I have been to Brighton, Cornwall, the Lake District, and Rye in Sussex, and it is the same picture there as in Cambridge - almost all businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure are struggling to hire.

Hence they are often closed for lunch or not serving dinner every day, or shops are not open late or on Sundays. Much has been written about the myriad of reasons for this and it is complicated. One of the solutions is to encourage more school leavers to go straight into the workplace and not go on to study for a degree. As we know, only one in four student loans are paid off and students taking a loan from 2023 will have 40 years of debt to manage.

Taking a job straight from school either through an apprenticeship or training scheme can be very rewarding and, quite quickly, at a young age may find yourself not only earning well above the minimum wage, because the labour market is tight, but also being given a lot of responsibility and in many cases the chance to undertake further study - yes, even a degree while working.

To support this, Cambridge BID is working with the Cambridge Independent and hosting a job fair on October 4, at the United Reformed Church on Downing Street. We have more than 25 employers attending including John Lewis, the city council, ARU, Fitzbillies, Scudamore’s Punting, Costello Medical, and a number of colleges and bars, restaurants and retailers.

The event is completely free to all job seekers and there will be hundreds of jobs on offer in these businesses. There will also be support for CV writing and the opportunity to learn about a new digital learning app about to be launched for the first time in Cambridge. Visit cambridgebid.co.uk/jobfair for more.

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