The Youth Employment Agency has announced a one–day job fair to take place in the Eastern region.
The move, according to the authorities of the YEA, is to ease the increasing unemployment rate which seems to be a major challenging factor confronting the country on all aspects of the economy.
According to the Eastern Regional Director for the Youth Employment Agency, Jerry Osei Opoku, the fair which is dubbed “Job, Career and Entrepreneurial Fair” will be an all-inclusive opportunity for persons in the private and government sector.
The fair, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 30, 2021, has the main agenda is to create an enabling environment for the masses to secure jobs.
He noted this is an opportunity for cooperative bodies and those seeking job opportunities to meet and look out for a satisfactory outcome at end of the day.
According to him, a lot of engagement has been made with state and private organizations within the Eastern Region and need workers to acquire jobs.
He also revealed that the jobs are not going to be mainly, white colour jobs and hence, the need for all persons to be considered in the fair. He also stated that persons in the informal sector do not need a specified qualification to qualify for the fair.
“The fair is not basically about white jobs or office jobs. It has no qualification basis. People in the vocational field can attend the program. A lot of companies are looking for factory hand workers, cleaners, tillers, house helps and so Kwame, it doesn’t have a barrier for anyone” he revealed.
He entreated the applicants to have a dimensional and convincing curriculum vitae to meet the requirements of the employers.
He noted that everything will be free of charge and that, nothing will be taken from anyone.
Touching on the career aspect of the fair, he noted that a lot of career consultants have been engaged to speak with the job seekers and train them to be prepared for the job market.
Mr Jerry Opoku noted that persons with entrepreneurial ideas will be allowed to discuss the emoluments of their projects, whiles the YEA will also study the viability of the business and support the scheme through financial planning and arrangements by private institutions.
“After we pitch you and realize your business is profitable and worth investing, we will sit down, have a discussion and look forward on how to support these entrepreneurs with some sort of financial assistance and in turn, you can also create employment for others,” he said.
The first Job fair was recently held in Accra at the Accra International Conference Centre where many unemployed youths besieged the arena and erupted some of the kind of chaotic scenes which got some people to return home with injuries.
According to Mr Jerry, this is the first of its kind in the Eastern Region and that talks are underway to hold such fairs every quarter of the year at the regional and national level.
The event will be hosted at the BACA Event centre and will be opened at 8 am and closed at 5 pm Thursday.