A special recruitment fair is being held for graduates from post-secondary or professional centres.
The fair, being held at the Care House next to Freedom Square, has been organised by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resource Development (MLHRD ) under the ‘My First Job’ scheme 2016.
MLHRD has gathered over 20 of its officers on site to present vacant posts to the graduates.
Those who visited the fair on its opening yesterday hailed from the Seychelles Institute of Technology (SIT), Seychelles Advanced Level Studies (Sals), Maritime Training Centre (MTC), School of Visual Arts (SVA) , Seychelles Business Studies Agency (SBSA) and Seychelles Agricultural and Horticultural Training Centre (SAHTC), among others.
It is noticeable that most vacant posts are in the hospitality sector and construction, but that does not suggest that graduates from other fields are being left behind.
Speaking on the first day of the fair yesterday, the principal secretary (PS) in the MLHRD Veronique Bresson said that within the first hour they had seen about 50 graduates already.
She said they are targeting between 400 and 500 graduates to show up although those from the Seychelles Tourism Academy will graduate in April.
Seychelles Petroleum Company Ltd (Seypec) officers were also present to promote their vacant posts.
She studied accounting and has now applied for four vacant posts in that relative field.
Giving her views about the scheme she said it was a good initiative.
“There are many work places inviting applicants with experience and many youths do not get the chance to get a first time job and through this scheme, with the government’s help, it allows us a better chance to get a job,” she said.
Another SBSA graduate, Marie Robert, has applied for five vacant posts, three in the tourism sector and two in the agricultural sector but in relation to her field of study.
She welcomed this initiative as it provides more options to school leavers and hopes to be employed by the end of this month.
To those wanting to start their own business, Helga Hoareau from the Small Enterprise Promotion Agency (Senpa) said being young gives you an advantage to start your own business and encourages those who are hesitating to take the first step.
“You’ve attended vocational schools so why not start your own business from what you’ve learnt. You create employment for yourself and with time you can be a successful entrepreneur. Senpa will be there for you,” she said.
Also present were officers from the Small Business Financing Agency (SBFA), Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC), the Agency for Social Protection (ASP) and Senpa to help graduates wanting to start their own business under the scheme and to educate them on the benefits of having a fulltime job in the long run rather than casual.
The fair, which runs from 9am until 3pm, will take place again today.
Meanwhile on Praslin and La Digue the recruitment fair will also be held today at the same time at the headquarters of the MLHRD at Baie Ste Anne (on Praslin) and La Passe (La Digue).
The accompanying photos show young graduates learning more about the various vacant posts being advertised during the recruitment fair yesterday.
Source : Seychelles NATION