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A job fair targeting retrenched workers from IT firm HGST was held on Thursday, less than a month after they were laid off.
SINGAPORE: A job fair targeting retrenched workers from IT firm HGST was held on Thursday, less than a month after they were laid off.
HGST, which manufactures hard disks, retrenched 531 workers on December 27 last year. About half of them are Singaporeans.
The job fair, put together by the United Workers of Electronics & Electrical Industries and e2i, saw some 500 registrants, including some 100 retrenched workers from HGST.
Organisers took about a month to put together the job fair.
Some 800 jobs are on offer at the fair, which is also open to the public.
Twenty-six companies, mainly from the manufacturing industry, took part in the fair, and they are targeting mostly blue-collared workers.
Companies said it is tough to hire workers in the manufacturing sector. Among the reasons are 12-hour work shifts, and low pay.
Employers are offering higher salaries to attract workers into the industry.
Doris Ng, human resource executive at United Test And Assembly Center, said: "We try all means, especially with job fairs, advertisements through newspapers -- at least, we will have a bigger pool, and have more opportunities to reach to the public."
Gilbert Tan, chief executive officer of the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i ), said: "e2i is committed to place local workers into better jobs and to close the gap between jobseekers and available vacancies.
“We will equip workers with relevant skills through training and work with companies in redesigning jobs, improving productivity and attracting locals to the industries.
“At platforms such as this job fair, e2i brings together companies and jobseekers including those who were displaced due to companies' restructuring."
S Sa’adiah Othman, former HGST employee, said: "Since I've been working in a factory for so long, I want to upgrade myself and work in a healthy environment -- like as a librarian, in childcare -- so I can upgrade myself."