Our Unemployment Rate Sitting On 4.5 Percent

Having the opportunity to interact directly with potential employers is an opportunity not to be missed.
25 Apr 2019 14:47
Our Unemployment Rate Sitting On 4.5 Percent
Youths sign up for opportunities available at the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association booth during the National Job fair at the FMF Gymnasium, Suva on April 24, 2019.

Fiji’s unemployment rate is sitting on 4.5 per cent according to the 2017 Pop­ulation and Housing census.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala talked of this while opening the National Job Fair in Suva yesterday.

The two-day Fair continues to­day with a full range of activi­ties and opportunities.

Mr Bala said: “The National Employment Policy, in its policy highlights the need to ‘create more opportunities for young people aged 15 to 24 years to follow clear pathways from education to productive employment.”

Mr Bala said as a means of meeting our stated targets he is hopeful that events such as the job fair can make a positive im­pact on the numbers securing employment.

“This is in line with Govern­ment’s five and twenty year National Development Plan on Inclusive Socio-economic Development to reduce the un­employment rate to below 4 per cent by 2021.

The National Employment Policy included the imple­mentation of new job creation initiatives such the Job Fair, to contribute positively towards reducing the unemployment rate to below 4 per cent.

“We are all aware that the pri­vate sector is the engine room for economic growth. The Gov­ernment believes that a strong, robust and resilient economy is through collaboration be­tween all stakeholders.”

He said the visitors attending the two-day event will be em­powered with new knowledge and skill sets that would enable them to easily absorb into the workforce.

“Having the opportunity to interact directly with potential employers is an opportunity not to be missed.”

He urges all the employers present to consider equal em­ployment opportunities within their organisation.

“All stakeholders should con­tinue with these close partner­ships of training and build­ing the capacity of our young working population.”

Comments from employers

South Pacific Aviation Train­ing Institute captain Ilai Kete said many who turned up at their booth yesterday were university students. Mr Kete said they were asking on what sort of subjects or courses they should take in order to join the flying school. He said they were happy for the interest shown.

FMF Foods Limited group hu­man resources manager, Preay­ant Kumar said they were not expecting the turn out yester­day.

Mr Kumar said they just can’t control the number of people who turned up, but they were happy they managed to have time with all of them. Many who turned up were well pre­pared with all their documents, he said. The Job Fair ends today.


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