Saturday, April 14, 2012

Hougang Job Hub opens first career fair

SINGAPORE: Nine employers offered more than 350 job vacancies on Saturday at the Hougang Job Hub's first career fair.

The job hub is the result of almost nine months of planning, to ensure residents' needs are met.

One draw of the fair was that it offered vacancies for jobs located within thirty minutes of travel from the job-seekers' homes.

"Setting up a job hub is not easy. ... You need to make sure that you have good employers offering good jobs for workers," advisor to Hougang grassroots organisations Desmond Choo said.

"You don't want to go and pack together jobs that mean nothing to them ... so it took us a while to find the right manager to come, a right location, setting up a proper structure."

North East Community Development Council, which administers the Hougang area, currently has job hubs in Aljunied GRC and Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC.

The CDC hopes to work with grassroots organisations in Eunos and other locations to set up more job placement centres in the future.

"It's important to have such resources, especially in today's uncertain economic outlook," mayor of North East CDC Teo Ser Luck said as it sees more applications for job assistance.

"Singapore is export oriented ... and we're very much dependant on external economies. Right now, you only see a little glimpse of hope, and hopefully that sustains, but you never know because we're so vulnerable."

"Of course that (Singapore's GDP growth of 9.9 per cent) is a good sign, but we must always be ready, and job placement centres ... get us ready, just in case things happen and more people get retrenched," Mr Teo added.

TThe CDC saw a 53 per cent increase in the number of people seeking job assistance from January to February this year.

- CNA/wm/fa

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Source From Channel News Asia

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