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Department of Labour hosts Jobs Fair and Summit – where business and people meet

by lloyd last modified 2015-10-26 12:20

23 October 2015

With unemployment stubbornly at high levels, the Department of Labour is to host a Jobs Fair and Summit, where work-seekers will get an opportunity to meet with prospective employers.

The Jobs Fair and Summit will provide Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant with a platform to make announcements on departmental interventions in the labour market. It will provide an opportunity for the public to engage with the Minister and departmental officials.

Labour Deputy Minister, iNkosi Phathekile Holomisa and Department of Labour Director-General, Thobile Lamati are also expected to attend. There will also be officials from the branches of the department such as the Administration; Public Employment Services (PES); Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES); Labour Policy and Industrial Relations. There will also be representatives from the department’s entities - Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Compensation Fund.

The Jobs Fair and Summit concept was initiated way back in 2011/12 by the Department to provide an opportunity for work-seekers to meet with prospective employers, other organisations or Government Departments that can assist with their placement in different forms of employment or learning opportunities.

The Job Fairs are targeted at the unemployed youth who dropped out of school, unemployed youth with school exit certificates, unemployed graduates, workers who are under employed and retrenched workers.

The Department of Labour has a branch called Public Employment Services that provide the employment services free of

charge to members of the public using its electronic matchmaking platform called Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA).

Some of the services provided by PES include:

·          Matching work seekers with available work opportunities;

·          Registering job vacancies and other work opportunities;

·          Registering work seekers;

·          Facilitating the placing of work seekers with employers or in other work opportunities;

·          Advising work seekers on access to education and training;

·          Advising workers on access to social security benefits;

·          Providing specialised services to assist vulnerable work seekers;

·          Facilitating the exchange of information among labour market participants, including employers, workers and work seekers, private employment agencies, Sector Education and Training Authorities and training providers;

·          Facilitating the employment of foreign nationals in a manner that is consistent with the object of Employment Services Act and the Immigration Act.

The Department also provides vocational and career counselling; assessment of work seekers to determine suitability; and other related life skills to secure employment or other forms of work.

Media is invited to the Jobs Fair and Summit.

Details of the event are as follows:

Where:            George, Western Cape – Thembalethu Community Hall Zone 9.

When:              Saturday, 31 October 2015

Time:               08:00-18:00

Issued by Department of Labour Communication Directorate:

Mokgadi Pela

Acting Chief Director: Communication

082 808 2168

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