By Adedapo Adesanya
Nigeria’s leading online training and job placement platform, Jobberman, has announced plans to host the largest-ever virtual career fair on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
The firm, in a statement, said 250 potential employers from various sectors, including digital, agriculture and creative industry will be on the ground to access about 10,000 highly qualified candidates, who are expected to pitch themselves.
Jobberman explained that as unemployment and underemployment reached an all-time high in Nigeria, at over 40 per cent, due to the pandemic, the search for jobs has become an overcrowded marketplace, with 18-35-year-olds mostly impacted.
So, the one-day virtual career fair will be centred on how to navigate the increasingly competitive job space and provide the necessary tools for employment, with one-on-one interviews and preparatory sessions such as the CV preparation masterclasses.
Key industry insights will be provided by ROAM Africa CEO, Mr Clemens Weitz; Jobberman Nigeria Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mrs Hilda Kragha; and Mastercard Foundation’s Nigerian Country Head, Mrs Chidinma Lawanson.
Having recently partnered with the Mastercard Foundation through its Young Africa Works strategy, the online event is part of Jobberman’s mission to use its soft skills training to place three million young Nigerians in dignified employment over the next five years.
Jobberman boasts of being the only recruitment services platform in Nigeria that offers training and placement of candidates in dignified and fulfilling employment. The ongoing online training program equips young people (18-35) with critical tools, including business etiquette, emotional intelligence and more, to help them transition into their new roles and increase workplace productivity.
The virtual career fair is free to all candidates who have completed the online programme and passed the end-of-course assessment test.
Speaking on this, Mrs Hilda Kragha, CEO of Jobberman Nigeria said, “The virtual career fair perfectly encapsulates Jobberman’s commitment to alleviating the strains of unemployment and employability, by connecting thousands of qualified candidates to reputable employers, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘As an innovative and technologically driven company, I am delighted that we were able to find a solution to this immediate and challenging issue, by creating this first-ever virtual space of opportunity for both employer and candidate. We strongly encourage interested parties to sign up for this event.”
On her part, Mrs Chidinma Lawanson, Country Head, Nigeria at the Mastercard Foundation said, “The virtual career fair is an innovative approach to identifying and connecting potential job opportunities, especially in this era of the COVID 19 pandemic potential. This shows commitment to the vision of securing dignified work to youth and women and through our Young Africa Strategy, we are thrilled to be co-creating with Jobberman to achieve this.”
With over a decade in the recruitment business, Jobberman is using its platform and network to create equal and transparent opportunities that enable a more productive workforce.
Employers already listed on the Jobberman platform can sign-up for free for the ground-breaking event and are required to commit to hiring within three months of the fair.
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