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National Job Fair boost fight against unemployment

It is an initiative of the Fiji Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, International Labour Organisation – Pacific and the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation.
25 Apr 2019 15:23
National Job Fair boost fight against unemployment
People find out about opportunities available at Ministry of Civil Service during National Job fair at FMF Gymnasium on April 24, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Editorial:

The National Job Fair concludes today with the hope that the same will take place in the Northern and the Western division.

While no confirmation has been made by the organisers, it’s only fair that job seekers and employers based outside of Suva are given the same opportunity to connect.

The National Job Fair is a first for Fiji.

It is an initiative of the Fiji Higher Education Commission in collaboration with the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, International Labour Organisation – Pacific and the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation.

Around the world, such Fairs or exhibitions are often organised by private companies.

Singapore for instance, hosted the largest bi-annual job fair called the STJobs Career and Learning Fair.

Job seekers of all ages, from fresh graduates to people in their 60s, were reported to have streamed into the event’s venue at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre to meet employers and experienced training providers.

Now in its eighth year, the event boasts more than 60 exhibitors.

For Fiji, the aim of the Job Fair is to let potential employers interact with recent graduates, soon-to-be graduates, the unemployed and those looking for a career change.

40 private and public sector organisations are participating.

Yesterday, the FMF Foods Limited booth was packed. They are expecting a good return of their time and resources from participating at the two-day event.

Jacks of Fiji, Fiji Development Bank, ANZ, Fiji Airways and Fiji Corrections Service had a steady stream of visitors as well.

Tertiary students were spotted inquiring with potential employers whether the courses they were doing matched their dream job.

This of course is another aspect of developing linkages to employment where our higher education institutions design curricular that meet the evolving skills and knowledge needed in the market.

Basically, the Fair gives an opportunity for all Fijians to be informed of clear pathways from education to productive employment.

In the larger scheme of things, the Fair will assist Government’s National Development plan to reduce unemployment to below 4 per cent.

With stakeholders working together – anything is possible.

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