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No company promotion at the Ipswich Jobsfair

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Ipswich Jobsfair
Wednesday 9th September 2009
Ipswich Corn Exchange
10am to 3pm

What a joke!

I have never seen such a bad unprepared, underpromoted, plain and pointless event in my entire life!

I had been to an Jobsfair earlier in the year at the same place and it is obvious that the businesses featured whom want people to signup and work for them this time round didn’t stick an effort in to persuading people to join them.

Lack of promotion

If you are a Jobseeker and recently been to the Jobcentre (apart from one Ipswich Unemployed Action member who signed on the same day and wasn’t advised about its existance) you would know about the jobsfair.

Even though Archant had a table they didn’t seem to advertise it on their website. Why not?

Entrance Security

Two employees of Jobcentre Plus obstructed the corridor obtaining the Jobseeker Directions (letters from Jobcentre saying you have to attend). Not everyone have them, so thsoe attending (like myself) without one found it difficult to get through. Beside them was a table containing a map of the hall with boxes scattered around numbered from 1 to 42.

Jobsfair: disorganised

  • Instead of having a stall it really did consist of nothing more than a table and above it on a board was a number.
  • In order to co-ordinate where you are going you would have to non-stop read the map/Jobsfair plan
  • No signs at all of company logo or brands… no Argos, no KFC logo, no Toys R Us
  • No laminated sheets with the company name printed on them (just a number!)
  • Every “table” was identical apart from a different assigned number and different people behind it
  • No job advertisements displayed at all
  • No leaflets, freebies, etc. on display at all
  1. Archant
  2. CV Connect
  3. Reed
  4. Jobcentre Plus
  5. Suffolk Childcare / Redundancy Advisor
  6. Navy
  7. Prestide Nursing
  8. Key Training
  9. Les Enfants
  10. Holiday Inn
  11. Argos
  12. Primary Homecare
  13. Mencap
  14. Seetec
  15. Money Shop
  16. CSV Media
  17. Adepta
  18. ITEC
  19. Army
  20. SCC
  21. SCC
  22. Fire Service
  23. ISG Jackson
  24. IBC
  25. IBC
  26. Avon
  27. Stag Security
  28. Handford House
  29. KFC
  30. Elizabeth Copdock Hotel
  31. Guardian Security
  32. Suffolk Employment Care
  33. Label Craft
  34. Nacro
  35. Snap
  36. Anglian Home Improvements
  37. Briarcare
  38. Just Tech
  39. Telecom Plus
  40. Toys ‘R’ Us
  41. WS Training
  42. Care UK

Written by Universal Jobmatch

September 11, 2009 at 8:45 am

7 Responses

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  1. I was surprised not to see ASDA there.

    Flexible New Deal

    September 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

  2. EVERY TIME they hold a jobs fare at Lowestoft Jobcentre everybody who was meant to sign on that days Payement fails to go through, que a lot of red faces and blue language in 3 bank working days time when everybody has to go back to the jobcentre to ring Bury St Edmunds who handle payments, who then have to ring Lowestoft Jobcentre before they can authorise payment, what a total farce !!!

    Lowestoft's Finest

    September 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    • I am not surprised as far as I am aware the Ipswich jobsfair had all the New Deal advisers down there and some well known front line staff. Probably half of all employees were down there at some point in the day.

      I don’t see this as taxpayers’ money well spent. 3-4 people would have been adequate (1-2 on the door to collect Jobseeker Directions; and 2 on the stall) – none of the other staff acted as guides or customer service I have no idea what they are doing down there.

      Flexible New Deal

      September 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

  3. The problem about having to ring Bury when there are problems is one you hear about all the time. We hear the staff feel pretty annoyed about this to. They cut the services to the bone then were amazed that they had dificulties when unemployed grew.

    An issue related to this has been the closure of Job Centres in smaller towns.

    Naturally, they thought they didn’t need them. Wasn’t there supposed never to be another recession?

    Andrew Coates

    September 15, 2009 at 9:40 am

    • Well the problem is:

      a) They are fully aware of the phoning BDC issues – they are intentional as it limits what they pay out either as a delay or people giving up claiming.

      b) Jobcentre Plus office closures were a way of cutting back on services. They knew all along that should a recession occur or a higher period of unemployment that the other jobcentres would be forced to cope.

      After all at the time of unemployment no jobseeker (apart from minute cases) pays tax therefore they can’t really complain about being treated shit not that anyone (i.e. press, society in general, Government) cares about overcrowding.

      Ipswich JCP office is over capacity. I am sure many others are too – but if you want your dole money then be prepared for long waits and cramped conditions… its that or nothing.

      Do what you have to, to survive.

      Flexible New Deal

      September 15, 2009 at 11:59 am

  4. New Deal Training in Wiltshire:


    David Forward

    September 15, 2009 at 1:14 pm

  5. any time i was given a leaflet about a jobs fair it said at the bottom of the leaflet that not attending the jobs fair would not affect benefit one jobcentre guy told me they had to hand them out but i could bin it in the nearest litter bin when i left what a waste of money(paper and printing ink) for the main majority of leaflets to be binned also most jobfairs were outwith cupar either glenrothes or dunfermline so how were we supposed to get there?


    September 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

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