London City Airport holds job fair to support recruitment drive

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As part of its ongoing recruitment drive, London City Airport (LCY) has hosted a job fair and sponsored the Royal Docks Business Recovery event, which showcases current employment opportunities.

At the job fair, the airport received approximately 150 attendees, with nearly one in three applying for live vacancies. Airport partners, such as Swissport, Pret A Manger and Truman’s, promoted job vacancies at the event.

Michael Spiers, London City Airport’s chief people officer, said, “We were delighted to host this series of events and work closely with our local community, as we start to recover. With Covid-19 restrictions relaxed, the airport is now entering an exciting phase and our recruitment drive is testament to our – and our airport partners’ – confidence in renewed growth.”

Prior to the job fair, LCY ran the Royal Docks Business Recovery event in partnership with UMI and Newham Council. The event was a free session for local businesses that covered procurement advice, tips on how to run a business during turbulent times and supply chain opportunities in the public sector.

The Royal Docks Business Recovery event featured prominent local stakeholders, with presentations from Councillor Genevieve Kitchen, who serves as Newham Council’s deputy cabinet member for community wealth building, and Rose Younger MCIPS, the director of procurement at Newham Council.

Frank Herkströter, from the business investment company Innovate UK Edge, hosted a session on “Running a Business in turbulent times” and a virtual exhibition was also held after the sessions with local SME support programs. Over 80 local businesses attended the event, including marketing agency Promo2u and construction company Kilnbridge Construction.

Lucy Craven, head of corporate affairs at London City Airport, spoke at the event, setting out the airport’s expected passenger growth through 2022 and how the business plans to recover in a supportive and sustainable way for local businesses. Craven also announced that the airport will host its Royal Docks Meet the Buyer event later in 2022, its first since the pandemic began.

Suzanne McCreedy, chief commercial officer at Umi, commented, “By working together with partners, such as London City Airport and Newham Council, we’re able to make an even bigger difference to help businesses do more and go further. The event was a brilliant example of that, focusing on making it easier for businesses to know and understand how to best recover and run a business during turbulent times, equipping them with what is needed to put themselves in the best possible shape to win new business in and around the Royal Docks area.”

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