A job fair was held at Battersea Power Station development yesterday to recruit local people looking for careers in hospitality.

Hosted by the Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE) the new Village Hall where, more than 160 people dropped by throughout the day to discuss job and training opportunities.

About 17,000 long-term jobs will become available in the next decade and BASE, a bespoke service working in partnership with local job programmes, aims to match people up with those positions.

Positions ranged from entry level to senior management roles within a variety of sectors including hospitality, security, concierge, estate management and specialist roles.

Wandsworth council’s business and employment spokesperson Councillor Kim Caddy, who attended, said: “Work Match and BASE provide a direct line for local people to Battersea Power Station jobs and help us ensure Wandsworth residents are first in line for the many opportunities opening up there.”

Andre Burwood, BASE programme director, said: “Together with our employment partners in the local area, BASE is committed to creating jobs and training opportunities and hereby equipping people working at Battersea Power Station with exceptional skills both for their time with us and for their future careers.

“Over the past year, we have started to recruit for the first phase of the development, Circus West Village, and we look forward to creating thousands of opportunities over the next decade, developing and empowering people to exceed in their chosen career”.

People interested in careers at the BPS development are invited to sign up to the BASE talent pool at: www.baseskillsacademy.co.uk to be informed about vacancies as they become available.