Dozens of people looking for work have secured interviews or are pursuing training options after attending a successful jobs’ event.

The Xcite Employment and Training Fair, run by Harrow Council, attracted almost 200 people – one of the highest attendances in years.

It connected jobseekers with employers and those who run training schemes, and people on both sides of the stall were impressed with what they saw.

Christina Bird, centre manager at Spear, which helps 16-24 year olds get into work, said she was looking forward to carrying on the work they started at the event.

She said: “We have been exhibitors at the Xcite Careers Fair a number of times. We loved the buzz at this event and enjoyed meeting motivated young people who are looking for new opportunities to make changes in their lives.

“We will be following up with a number of people that we met ahead of our new programme starting on February 27.

“We also brought a group of our trainees, who were inspired by the interesting and relevant opportunities on offer for them.”

She was not the only one to notice the exciting atmosphere at the fair. Visitors praised the “open” nature of proceedings and said it was great to see the number of opportunities available, particularly for young people.

Those attending were given the chance to take part in workshops based on everything from start-ups to money management.

And as well as chatting to various employers, there was the option to discuss their CVs and talk about how to stand out from the crowd.

Keith Ferry, responsible for business, planning and regeneration at Harrow Council, said: “You just have to look at the buzz and excitement around this event to see that Harrow Council is instrumental in engaging with people and encouraging them to consider all their work and training options.

“We are passionate about supporting our residents when it comes to finding jobs and ensuring our local employers find the best people to fill their positions.

“Knowing that this has been one of our most successful fairs to date, I hope we’ve made some good matches and employees and employers alike can look forward to a productive future.”