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Thurrock Council Schools Careers Fair

On Wednesday 3rd October a team from PDMS, under the banner of SignedUp, had the pleasure to attend the Thurrock Council Schools Careers Fair at the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury. The aim of the day was to introduce young people from around Thurrock to employers, further and higher education providers, local employment support groups and council services. Thousands of pupils attended the event from 6 schools and 6th form colleges, from Year 8’s to Year 13’s with the aim of finding out more about their future career destinations.

PDMS not only attended to engage closely with these pupils about the Opportunities South East platform, based on our SignedUp platform, but also to meet with local employers and service providers and raise their awareness of the platform. On the day, staff from PDMS worked with hundreds of pupils, discussing how they could utilise the platform to find local Apprenticeships, Training Opportunities and Employment Opportunities through the platform, as well as how to utilise the CV generator and build their employment profile. Pupils were encouraged to sign up by the use of Snapchat QR codes embedded into leaflets and posters displayed around the event and a £100 prize draw. Dozens of students were successfully signed up to Opportunities South East on the day and the prize has been awarded to the lucky pupil.

Whilst the platform was being demonstrated to the pupils, a member of the PDMS team visited every stall at the Thurrock Council Careers Fair and discussed the benefits of the platform with the attendees. Higher and Further Education providers and local employers particularly saw the benefits of being able to reach a target audience and market their courses and vacancies for free. Several of these Organisations that we met with on the day are now registered with the platform and the set-up and advertisement of their Opportunities is continuing at speed.

The presence of our team has proven that our approach to directly supporting our clients at their important events is an integral part of building a productive client relationship and supporting them to achieve their key objectives. We look forward to attending the event next year and assisting the pupils of Thurrock further.

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