National Employment Fund set to curb unemployment

Encouraged by imminent possibility of some solace to the ambient unemployment in the country even if minute, job seekers within the Southwest Region have for five days converged on the National Employment Fund, NEF Limbe, for the third edition of the Job Discovery Days. Apart from coming to grips with the various activities of NEF during these days, they, also listened to career talks with some spontaneously recruited by a number of companies present during the event.
According to a Director of the National Employment Fund, Ndziga Obama Open Days is an opportunity to showcase to the people what they do daily. During such ceremony, he stated, there is usually graduation for those who enrolled and were trained at the NEF. He added that those graduating were trained based on the needs of the job market. This, he said is to be sure that when the graduates are going out, they should be ready for the job market since the modus of their training makes them fit for the job market. He revealed that this is the third edition of the new version of their Open Days.
Going by him, they usually had youth employment week but, they have moved to a new version which is Job Discovery Days. He added that, the only criterion to be part of the programme is to be a job seeker, registered in their data bank. From there, the Director stated, they would place the job seeker depending on their profile and as soon as the training programme is set, such persons would be called to the training centre.
On job seekers who complain of submitting files but, not being called after some years, Ndziga Obama stated that it all depends on the profile of the candidate and the job opportunities which comes. He explained that they are not the ones giving the jobs but a link between the job seekers and employers. He revealed that if a job seeker drops his files without seeking counsel from the counselors, such a person may find herself in such fate. He added that it is a process and the job seeker should be part of it.
Ndingi Cyprian, a trainee of the National Employment Fund said he was overwhelmed with joy because during his one year- training and internship, he has gathered so much. Ndingi noted that though he studied electricity in school, he was trained at the NEF in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning from which he has learned a lot. Before his training, he continued, he had the passion to prior to his graduation. He has in consequence, been in the struggle to be self employed from the place where he carried on his internship. He hoped that with the skill acquired and the help of God, he would be self employed.
However to Esunge Mokoko Richard, a vibrant youth who came for the Job Discovery Days as a job seeker stated that, it was quite challenging but more colourful the moment he came to the National Employment Fund. In his opinion, he discovered their unimaginable during the training which actually motivated him to get in touch with one of their objectives- financing of projects. He said that it was very beneficial because it helped to enlarge his employability and with the financing by the NEF he discovered he could easily realize his projects. Furthermore, the NEF by his reckoning has some undeniable qualities like funding 50 percent of one’s salary which has never been heard of anywhere. This would also motivate companies to employ those registered in the NEF. He however, called peers to rush to the NEF and take advantage of what they offer whether skillful or not for the institution has what it takes to boost their employability.
By Relindise Ebune

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