Firms urged to employ war zone youth
March 5, 2011, 7:03 pm
A Sri Lankan employment network is encouraging businesses to give jobs to over 15,000 youth in the former northern war zone who are seeking work and help improve ethnic relations in the country. "Access to the job market will renew hope in the community in the resettled area as well as renew the relationship between the North and South through improved shared economic opportunities," Sri Lanka Jobs Net said.
Lack of employment is a key issue in Sri Lanka’s north which is recovering from the effects of a 30-year ethnic war which ended in May 2009 enabling refugees to be resettled and infrastructure to be rebuilt.
Jobs Net said in a statement is it inviting members of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon to take part in a job fair to be held in Vavuniya, a major town at the entrance to Sri Lanka’s north, on March 12, 2011.
The fair is being organised by Sri Lanka Jobs Net together with USAID-RISEN (Reintegration and Stabilization in the East and North) to address lack of access to employment opportunities for youth in the north.
"This is a window of opportunity for all employers to meet specific employment needs through selective job placement for over 15,500 pre-screened and registered job seekers from the north," the statement said.
Jobs Net said the job fair is part of a short term, comprehensive "accelerated employment service delivery system" developed to meet private sector manpower requirements.
The Jobs Net will coordinate job seekers, employers and vocational training institutions in one place to conduct a jobs fair in Vavuniya.
It invited employers from all over the country to "set up stalls in Vavuniya to hold interviews, provide employment opportunity information, to collect information from potential employees and to extend job offers to unemployed youth."
The fair will provide an opportunity for unemployed youth to identify available jobs in the market, what jobs they are skilled enough for consideration from potential employers and to encourage youth to seek skills training. – (LBO)