Pre-register for Job Fair 2014
Persisting high unemployment and underemployment among Sri Lankan youth (mostly the educated youth) are grave concerns undermining the outcomes of our Free Education system as even the ‘cream of the crop’ who enter local universities too are often being tagged as ‘Unemployable’. As a result the state is compelled to absorb thousands of unemployed graduates regularly for jobs that probably ‘do not exist’ in the public sector, burdening the taxpayer and aggravating the fiscal deficit. Conversely, there is a continuous grouse from private sector employers that they cannot find right employees with right skills to fill various job vacancies that ‘really exist’ in their companies. In the backdrop of such paradoxically complex voids and mismatches both seekers of ‘right employment’ and ‘right employees’ appear to be in a dilemma. Furthermore, due to lack of a well-defined national HRD planning/policy process, there is lack of clarity/understanding among the youth as well as training institutes of the required training needs in skills and competencies that are critical to benefit from the country’s vision to develop 5 hubs +1(Naval & Shipping, Hospitality and Tourism, ICT, Aviation, Energy and Education) This situation may well aggravate the ‘skills gap’ already experienced among the grandaunts form the education system seeking new employment, being extended to such emerging industries/sectors too. Such a situation may eventually compel many companies to attract skilled expatriate workers to operate their business. As a result billions already lost in personal income among our unemployed/underemployed youth and denied growth in business turnover in numerous companies could also aggravate, eventually denting the national coffers, denying the share of economic dividend expected by youth. This may also shatter high youth aspirations and even lead to frustrations and/or agitations among/by them. Focused, pro-active and progressive policies, planning, actions and processes are needed to avoid such costly social and/or economic ramifications.
To Bring together the Demand and Supply of Employment under one roof and to showcase global employment trends, provide professional career guidance and resources leading to gainful employment for Sri Lankan youth.
Event at a Glance
Dates:17th to 19th January 2014
Time : 10.00 am to 6.30 pm
Venue : BMICH Colombo (Hall-E)
Unemployed or under-employed Sri Lankan youth(Post O/L, A/L, NVQ qualified), university graduates, undergraduates or skilled/semi-skilled or unskilled seeking employment or internships
Leading employers from private sector, head hunting agencies, foreign/local employment agencies, online employment agencies, key strategic state sector institutes.
Key Focus Sectors:
1. Tourism & Hospitality 2. ICT/BPO 3. Telecommunications 4. Manufacturing/Industrial 5. Banking, Financial Services & Insurance 6. Plantations/Agriculture/Livestock 7. Healthcare 8. Food Processing 9. Diversified Conglomerates 10.Other Services
1. To get to know diverse job/career opportunities under emerging trends and opportunities locally 2. To ascertain Local/Global opportunities in emerging and lesser known industries/career fields 3. To meet and engage with the private sector – a unique opportunity for university graduates and undergraduates from local universities and explore employment opportunities. (Skilled Categories) 4. To meet participant employer representatives with on the spot screening interviews leading to recruitment/internships