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Ministry set for national career fair

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Students and job seekers attend the National Career and Productivity Fair in 2018. LABOUR MINISTRY

Ministry set for national career fair

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training’s National Employment Agency (NEA) is set to host its annual career and productivity fair on November 4-5 to provide information about more than 11,500 job vacancies for young people and students.

The 11th National Career and Productivity Fair will be held with the participation of about 80 organisations in the public and private sectors.

NEA director Hay Hunleng told The Post on October 20 that 54,000 visitors, including 4,000 job seekers, are expected to participate in the fair, which will be broadcast on careerfair.nea.gov.kh.

“We estimate that about 80 companies, enterprises, ministries and educational institutions from different sectors such as banking, microfinance, education, transportation and other services will participate in the fair,” he said.

According to Hunleng, the fair will be organised by the NEA in collaboration with the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia, Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia and the UN Development Programme with the support of attending organisations.

He said Covid-19 had severely hit the tourism and hospitality sectors. But so far, the manufacturing, banking and microfinance sectors, among others, have been operating as normal. So job vacancies are available and recruitment is ongoing.

This is the second year the world and Cambodia have been disrupted by Covid-19 which forced many events to be postponed or held virtually. But despite the pandemic, the number of businesses that have committed to attend this online fair has almost tripled, Bunleng said.

“So people searching for jobs can go online and see the names of companies or click on their logos, and then they will be directed to the companies’ web pages where job announcements can be found,” he said

Labour minister Ith Sam Heng on October 20 urged job seekers to participate in this fair.

“This online job fair is held to provide more flexible options as well as to protect the health and safety of participants amid Covid-19 while the Cambodian labour market picks up momentum to meet the needs of the labour force. It supports young people and job seekers who can apply and interview with companies online,” he said.

Sam Heng said the fair this year will include an online productivity workshop organised to share knowledge, experience, key points and promote awareness of the importance of increasing labour productivity and highlight new technological developments.

He said some developed and developing countries have used the technologies to manage jobs and production chains, especially to inspire and expand work efficiency at work in the new normal.

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