Over 1,200 job seekers with various skills were last week connected to prospective employers during a job fair in Kigali organised by Job in Rwanda Association.
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Job seekers also found time to sit interviews with different organisations.
The fair, sponsored by Rwanda Development Board and the Ministry of Youth and ICT, was aimed at connecting job seekers and employers from both public and private institutions.
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, who opened the event, said it is a good opportunity for both employees and employers to meet and get connected as there is normally a mismatch between demand and supply.
Job seekers at Global Health Corps stall during the Job day at Kigali Public Library yesterday. The New Times / T. Kisambira.
“What is important today is not that all people who are here get a job immediately but to share information and knowledge,” said Nsengimana.
He commended Job in Rwanda for creating the opportunity to connect job seekers to prospective employers.
“I would recommend public and private institutions and universities to adopt such activity as job seekers are too many yet there are employers out there who need them,” he added.
The unemployment rate is below 2 per cent and under employment now is at 40 per cent, according to the minister.
He noted that the most important avenues to create jobs is to equip Rwandans with vocational skills and to train people how to be job creators and be confident when they are looking for jobs.
Most of the job seekers – about 70 per cent of them university graduates – intimated that they had failed to find jobs.
“I graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Finance but I have failed to find a job. I have submitted my credentials to various companies in vain. Most of the time, about 200 of us have competed for the same job,” a woman who gave her name only as Chantal said. She was one of those who sat interviews at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) yesterday.