Drive connects employers, employees

2015-11-11 06:00

SCORES of work-seekers and employers attended the Department of Labour’s four-day series of work-seeker registration drives and employer advocacy campaigns two weeks ago in Steynsrus, Kroonstad, Koppies and Viljoenskroon.

The campaigns, aimed at cementing ties between the department and employers, as well as registering work-seekers on the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) system, yielded positive results as many work-seekers registered their CVs on the Department of Labour (DoL) database. A number of employers also supported this system.

During the local advocacy campaign in Kroonstad Mapula Mamburu, the DoL’s assistant director for public employment services, said: “We are appealing to all employers to join hands in trying to remedy this scourge of joblessness. We need your support as much as you need ours.”

Some 250 work-seekers, many of them young people, supported the work-seeker registration campaign.

Samuel Segoto (23) and Ntombezotwa Nteso from Kwakwatsi, Koppies, are happy with the ESSA system. Segoto said this was his first attempt to find work.

“We are very grateful for what the department is doing. With the high rate of unemployment, initiatives such as this are absolutely necessary to change the status quo.”

The Public Employment Services (PES) provides employment services free of charge to members of the public and employers alike.

Coupled with the registration drive was a career exhibition targeting the unemployed, as well as a local advocacy campaign for employers. This provided employers and other key stakeholders with a platform to interact and deliberate upon the services of the DoL, specifically those offered by the PES.

The event paid special attention to finding ways to facilitate the relationship between work-seekers and various companies with job opportunities.

This four-day event also focused on employment counselling, career information, employment services (recruitment, selection and placement), marketing public employment services to employers, and the registration of work-seekers.

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