As part of the Club’s commitment to the London Borough of Brent during its season playing home matches at Wembley, 50 employers from a range of industries were in attendance, offering live job opportunities.
The event was attended by Club Ambassador, Gary Mabbutt MBE, and Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, the Mayor of Brent, who spent time engaging with employers and job seekers.
Our legendary former captain said: “As part of our commitment to the Borough of Brent during our season at Wembley, it is great to see the Jobs Fair so well attended.
“The Club has a fantastic track record of helping people into employment, having created more than 1,200 job opportunities as a direct result of its new stadium development in Tottenham.
“We hope that there would have been many positive outcomes amongst the 400 people in attendance at Wembley, with so many varied employers offering live job opportunities.”
Below: Gary Mabbutt and Cllr Bhagwanji Chohan, the Mayor of Brent
Cllr Chohan said: “Tottenham Hotspur is doing great work in this Borough, bringing more employment, more job opportunities and bringing people together.
“I should like to thank the Club for bringing this event together - it’s a great opportunity for local people and this sort of work is vital in Brent.
”This week’s Jobs Fair was aimed at promoting the potential of employing ex-offenders. Earlier in the day, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and their key partners who make up the Employer Engagement Partnership Group (EEPG) for London and Thames Valley held an event demonstrating the benefits of working with prisons to create academies that train offenders in the skills needed to support businesses.
The event was an opportunity for employers who currently employ ex-offenders to offer advice and showcase success stories to businesses who do not currently do so.
One of the organisations that delivered a workshop during the morning event was the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the Club’s charitable arm that has piloted a Resettlement programme for 140 offenders approaching their release date from HMP Wormwood Scrubs.
The Foundation has a proven track record of delivering employment opportunities for ex-offenders for over a decade within its local community in Haringey.
Jordan Mattis is a beneficiary of this work and said: “When I first came into contact with Tottenham Hotspur I was in a bad place - I was in prison.
“The Club changed my life in more ways than it could realise. I’m a manager now and they’ve helped me mentally, which I feel is the most important part.
“Lots of people in situations like me are misunderstood and don’t get the support they need. Tottenham Hotspur has done that for me and helped me regain and maintain my focus.
“A lot of people don’t know where to look to look for a job. The Internet is so broad and it can be difficult to specify what you actually want. A Jobs Fair gives people a range of opportunities and ideas. You can get so much context and detail and take it upon yourself to contact them and specify to what you want.
“The Club does so much. It’s not just about football, it’s about the community and they were there behind me when I needed them.”