Job fair moves to Praslin


One of the stalls at the job fair on Praslin

The fair, held last Friday on the basketball court outside the Baie Ste Anne community centre, saw the participation of 18 organisations displaying over one hundred vacancies available on the island. Vacancies range from hotel positions to police officers, aviation security and cabin crew.

The Minister for Labour and Human Resource Development, Idith Alexander, along with high level officials of the ministry, visited the fair and interacted with the employers and jobseekers present.

“The aim of the job fairs is for our ministry to remain connected with the employers and also facilitate job seekers from the island who are in search of employment…..our youth and students who are future job seekers to know the job market demand to make well informed choices when choosing a career at the end of their studies…,” said Minister Alexander.

Some organisations however have expressed disappointment over the number of visitors who have shown interest to apply for the available vacancies. Their concerns were over the number of unemployed Praslinois versus vacancies, but yet minimum application and interest were observed at the job fair.

At the close of the fair, 151 applications had been filled out for the different positions available.

After visiting the job fair on Praslin, the minister conducted her first visit to the ministry’s outstation office on La Digue to meet with staff.

She then proceeded to conduct a familiarisation visit at the Domaine de L’Orangeraie, an activity featuring high on her agenda to consolidate good partnership with the private sector.
The visits to workplaces also allow the minister to meet with the workers in their work environment and hear firsthand of their concerns. 

After the tour the minister met the general manager and his management team to discuss issues such as training plan for succession purposes, working hours, and internal dispute resolution procedure.  

The general manager has agreed to take action on issues requiring immediate attention. 
The ministry will follow up closely with the hotel until all problems have been resolved. 

The Ministry has also pledged to work closely with the human resource manager to put in place and improve on procedures for better industrial relations.