By Vanessa Teo
To make job fairs more accessible to the workers, as well as to bring jobs closer to residents, NTUC e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) embarked on a series of community job fairs in 2010 and 2011, bringing close to 10,400 jobs vacancies ranging across industries such as retail, manufacturing, building services, Integrated Resorts, hospitality and food manufacturing to workers.
2 December 2011 marked the last of the 14 community job fairs organised in 2011, and was also one of the biggest community job fairs with the most number of participating employees. Taking place at Sanja Cashew Community Club, the fair saw some 1,000 job vacancies in the hospitality, Integrated Resorts, food and beverage, and retail industries available. To have a job fair organised within the community was definitely great news to Mrs Jeya, who could attend the job fair due to the easy accessibility.
Shared Mrs Jeya: “ I am actually looking for a part-time job and came to know about this job fair, and since it was near my place I thought why not give it a try? It is definitely effective to hold job fairs within the community rather than put it in one corner of Singapore because if the job fair was held far away, we will definitely think of the long travelling time and might just let the chance go by.”
And it is exactly because of such concerns faced by the jobseekers that NTUC e2i decided to make finding jobs easier for them. Shared NTUC e2i Chief Executive Officer Ang Hin Kee: “It is about bringing our services to workers, whether it be jobs or training, we want to make it easier for them. We have run this series of community fairs since October 2010 and have received very good response. We will continue with our efforts to bring better jobs for all.”
Moving ahead for 2012, NTUC e2i will continue its efforts to reach out to jobseekers in the community, and will be holding their next community job fair on 29 March 2012 at Kampong Glam Community Club.