Published 9 November 2018

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More than 300 people attended Matthew Scott’s inaugural Blue Light Jobs Fayre.

Police, fire and ambulance staff joined forces for the special event at the Dartford Campus of North Kent College to showcase various jobs opportunities with the emergency services. Organised by the elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent and open to the general public, as well as college students, it was a key event in promoting the careers available, as well as advising on the pathways to get into them.

Mr Scott said:

‘I was delighted to welcome more than 300 people to my first Bluelight Jobs Fayre in Dartford. A number of agencies said that it was the best recruitment event they had exhibited at for some time.

‘I am tremendously grateful to my team for all the effort they put in, to North Kent College for hosting, and to all the agencies and charities for coming together.’

As well as the three main blue light services, the event featured stands from partner agencies such as British Transport Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. There was also the chance to find out more about volunteering with groups such as Victim Support, The Young Lives Foundation, Kent’s Special Constabulary and the fire service.

Superintendent Tracey Quiller of Kent Police said:

‘The Blue Light Jobs Fayre was the ideal opportunity for us to engage with those considering a career in the police service and to discuss the wide variety of roles and opportunities available.

‘The Kent Police stand attracted a huge amount of interest throughout the event and it was great to meet with so many people who share the same passion for protecting communities and tackling crime as we do.

‘Our ‘More Than The Badge’ recruitment campaign has already resulted in more than 1,500 applications from people keen to join the force but the window remains open for anyone who has not yet applied and that is the message we were keen to share with everyone with spoke to.

‘We are very proud of the relationships we have with our partners and were pleased to join them at the Blue Light Jobs Fayre to help promote the rewarding careers available within the police, fire and ambulance services and other partner organisations.’

Andy Rowett, Recruitment advisor at HMP Rochester said:

‘The calibre of the students who attended was excellent and we spoke directly to more than 40 who had specifically attended to question us on the application process. One even logged on to her phone and started the application process there and then.’

Phill Morris from the Thanet Operating Unit of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, said:

‘Our stand generated a large amount of interest and we were busy talking to people all day. Not only were we able to talk to people who were ready to take up work, the event allowed us to give advice to students who were still studying or just about to look for career opportunities.’

Nikki Franks, Curriculum Manager for Public Services at North Kent College, commented:

‘It was a brilliant opportunity for our learners and members of the public to find out about the careers that they are interested in as well as the variety of potential careers available to them. At the same time it was also fantastic to be able to showcase our learners and our programmes. I think the careers fayre really helped our learners to make the link between education and employment and we’d love to be able to do it again.’