Hundreds of people flocked to a jobs fair organised by Surrey County Council aimed at helping them find a career working with children.
Held at Leatherhead Leisure Centre, the fair gave people looking for their first role and those returning to work the opportunity to find out more about apprenticeships, volunteering and working in education.
Surrey’s Early Years and Childcare Service was also on hand to give advice about training and career opportunities together with the council’s fostering team.
The fair was staged as the authority continues its drive to stimulate economic growth that has also seen plans put in place to combat the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “This fair provided an invaluable opportunity for people to find out about more about working with children.
“When the job market is so tough it’s important we give people, especially those looking to get on the career ladder, the leg up they need and that’s why we also pledged to invest in 500 apprenticeships next year as part of our council tax announcement.”
Surrey has one of the lowest numbers of young people considered NEET in the country with four in a hundred classed as such. The national average is around six in a hundred.