Singaporeans get help at Nee Soon job fair

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More than 1,600 vacancies available at event at Chong Pang Community Club

Plans to bring more job fairs to the heartland are in the works, even as the Covid-19 pandemic takes a toll on the labour market.

The National Trades Union Congress' Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) has been working with community partners, including agencies and employers, to bring job and training opportunities to Singaporeans nearer their homes, e2i chief executive Gilbert Tan told The Straits Times.

This month alone, there are more than 20 such events across Singapore, in locations such as Admiralty, Bishan and Taman Jurong.

Yesterday, a job fair was held by the institute at Chong Pang Community Club which saw some 160 Singaporeans turning up to seek employment help. There were more than 1,600 vacancies available, including for housekeepers, business analysts, inventory controllers, security officers and manufacturing specialists.

While some companies are laying off staff or have stopped hiring due to the impact of the pandemic, there are others that need staff.

Certain sectors such as early childhood education, built environment, transport and logistics are showing a stronger hiring demand, said Mr Tan, adding that a good mix of full-time, part-time and temporary job roles are available.

"We work with partners from different sectors seeking to hire Singaporeans to curate job vacancies and bring participating employers and job seekers together."

Yesterday's job fair - the first of five organised by the e2i in Nee Soon GRC - offered job seekers career advice and on-the-spot interviews with potential employers, which come from sectors such as security, retail, healthcare and manufacturing. The remaining four job fairs will be held in other parts of Nee Soon over the next few months.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, who attended yesterday's event, said the focus has always been on ensuring that Singaporeans have jobs.

"Without jobs, you can't look after yourself. You can't look after your family," added Mr Shanmugam, who is also an MP for Nee Soon GRC.

Participating employers, included Aetos Holdings, Cold Storage Singapore, All Saints Home, and gourmet food provider Indoguna, which said: "While we are trying to meet our resource requirements, our priority is to the Singapore core."A job seeker, Mr John Ong, said he had sent out more than 30 job applications and had a few interviews since he was retrenched from a travel firm a month ago.

The 30-year-old former auditor, who turned up at the job fair in office attire, has applied for a business analyst role at Cold Storage.

"It has been tough finding a job. Many companies have a hiring freeze," he said. "So I have decided to be proactive and see if there are job opportunities out there."