Over 1500 jobs are on offer – from almost 50 employers – at the next Gatwick Job Fair, the airport announced today.
To support job seekers a video pod will be available to practice and build confidence at interviews, head chefs will demonstrate food preparation to showcase careers in catering and a fashion show will display affordable recycled clothing to show how dressing to impress can be done on a budget.
Gatwick is the largest employer in the region and currently supports 24,000 on-airport jobs. Proposals set out recently in Gatwick’s draft master plan would not only protect existing jobs, but could also potentially generate a further 8,000 on-airport jobs and £2 billion of economic benefit.
A wide variety of career opportunities are on offer at the Fair with employers representing retailers, hospitality, food and beverage providers, engineering teams, airlines and their handling agents, operations and support companies.
The Executive Chef from the Arora Hotel, Crawley, and the team from Jamie Oliver’s Gatwick restaurants will be on hand to provide ‘Yes Chef’ food preparation demonstrations to help showcase behind the scenes at a busy restaurant.
The ‘Yes Chef’ team will also highlight the many different roles in the Food, Beverage and Hospitality sector that may go unnoticed, to help inspire those dreaming of starting their own coffee shop or who want to learn how it all comes together.
Volunteers from St. Catherine’s Hospice – which operates a chain of local retail outlets – will run a fashion show demonstrating how affordable recycled clothing can help build confidence at interviews, with Gatwick and Arora staff, and visitors to the Fair, also donating suitable adult clothing to support the event.
Work coaches from a range of companies will be on hand to support visitors to the fair – and in particular less confident job seekers – with Crawley College, Jobcentre Plus, Employ Crawley and Croydon Works also attending. Presentations on recruitment-related topics will also be given by a variety of different employers at the Fair.
Employers looking for new recruits at the Fair include British Airways, Norwegian Airlines, DHL, Jamie Oliver Group, Wagamama, Pret A Manger, Nando’s, Dixons Travel, Hugo Boss UK Ltd., Moneycorp, W H Smith, Next, Hamleys, World Duty Free, Govia Thameslink Railway, Border Force, Kier Construction, Sussex Police, North Air, and Wilson James.
Gatwick’s Job Fair will take place on Thursday 1 November at the Aurora Hotel in Crawley – opening at 8.30am and closing at 6pm and is being wideky promoted across the airport’s social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Andrew Currie, Head of Recruitment, Gatwick Airport, said:
“Gatwick is the employment base for over 24,000 people and the next airport Job Fair will once again showcase a wide and diverse range of opportunities available for local people.
“As one of the largest employers in the region, it is important that we do everything possible to protect existing positions while also creating new jobs. Our new draft master plan sets out how we might do this and shows how Gatwick could generate a further 8,000 on-airport jobs for future generations and £2 billion of economic benefit.
“As Gatwick grows, we remain committed to investing in our local communities and people, including helping and inspiring people to find jobs at the airport.”
NO WAY! A FREE Christmas break abroad AND still save money on your shopping?
In what is fantastic (and perhaps rather surprising) news, it’s been discovered that Christmas shoppers can enjoy a night away in one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations – effectively for free – and still save money on their festive purchases, even after the cost of their flight and accommodation has been deducted.
How’s that possible? Well, with tax-free prices available in most Gatwick stores – and return flights to Dublin, for example, available from as little as £33 – shoppers can make significant savings when they buy and fly, compared with getting their gifts on the high street or online where tax is added to most products.
Plus, many of Gatwick’s retailers – including Reiss, Dune, Fat Face and Superdry – are now allowing customers to buy products from their entire online collections in-store at the airport and still receive the airport discount off their items!
This means that passengers can identify the products they’d like to buy before travelling to the airport, and order them in-store – at the tax-free equivalent price – once they’re in Gatwick’s departure lounge awaiting their flight. They can then have the products delivered directly to their home, or have them waiting at Gatwick for when they get back from their trip.
Buying and flying is, therefore, one of the smartest ways to save money during the notoriously expensive Christmas shopping season.
Take a look at this example that highlights the big savings that passengers can make on their festive finances if they choose to buy and fly this Christmas.
Gatwick to Dublin with Ryanair (South Terminal) – £33.98 return
Wed 5th December: LGW 09:40 – 11:05 DUB
Thu 6th December: DUB 16:55 – 18:20 LGW
You save £158.98 when buying the following five products at Gatwick, rather than on the high street or online.
After the cost of your flights (£33.98) and one night’s accommodation in Dublin (estimated at £50) is deducted, your final saving is £75.
– minus flights – £33.98
– minus accommodation – £50
- Gia Leather Biker Jacket – Apricot (Women’s)
- High Street: £375 | Gatwick: £312.50
- Saving: £62.50
- Sandra Midi Wool Wrap Coat – Camel (Women’s)
- High Street: £329 | Gatwick: £274.17
- Saving: £54.83
- Hero Leather Racer Jacket – Black (Men’s)
- High Street: £199.99 | Gatwick: £166.66
- Saving: £33.33
- ‘One’ Fragrance – 50ml (Men’s)
- High Street: £34.95 | Gatwick: £29.13
- Saving: £5.82
- Dancing Mickey Phone Case
- High Street: £15 | Gatwick: £12.50
- Saving: £2.50
Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:
“It’s exciting for Gatwick Airport and our retailers to be able to offer great savings on gifts compared with the high street, at what is the busiest time of the year for shoppers. By ticking everything off the Christmas list at Gatwick, shoppers can not only enjoy a trip away but also make savings on their festive finances even after the cost of their minibreak has been factored in.
“A number of our retailers are also now combining the ease of online shopping with big airport discounts, making buying and flying an even smarter choice this winter.”