Havant MP Alan Mak congratulates father and daughter on leisure centre job success

Photo: Alan Mak MP with Andy and Chloe Gooch at Havant Leisure Centre

Havant MP Alan Mak has congratulated a local father and daughter who secured jobs after visiting his Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair. 

The Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair held at Warblington School in February 2016 has proved to be a huge success for one local family. The event was the initiative of Havant MP Alan Mak who wanted to bring local companies and those looking for employment together for mutual reward.

The Fair attracted unemployed Purbrook residents Andy Gooch and his daughter Chloe along with the sole intention of finding a job for Chloe. However, after having a chat with the Human Resources Team representatives from Horizon Leisure Centres Andy lined up an interview for himself for the vacant Maintenance Assistant role at Havant Leisure Centre, the rest they say is history.

Andy successfully secured the job and has been enjoying his work so much that his daughter Chloe, an under-graduate at Chichester University studying Early Childhood Studies, decided to apply for the vacant Team Leader position for the School holiday Kids Club. She too was successful meaning that Father and Daughter are both now game fully employed by the same company. More recently, Chloe has taken up another position at the Havant Centre, part-time Creche Assistant, and adding a further string to her bow.  

Andy said: “I am very pleased that as a result of visiting the Jobs Fair for my daughter I was able to find a job for myself which I really enjoy with a good employer and nice colleagues.”

Mr Mak added: “Supporting local residents into work and backing our local economy is my top priority as local MP. My Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair this year was a great success, and I’m delighted Andy and Chloe have both found jobs as a result. Horizon Leisure are a great local employer, and I wish Andy and Chloe well for their time working in Havant.”

Horizon Leisure Centres is a not-for-profit charity that runs the Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres on behalf of Havant Borough Council. The charity employs around 250 members of staff, most of whom are from the local community. The new extension at the Waterlooville Centre which opened last summer, with Alan Mak in attendance, has created a further 50 jobs for local people.