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PM boasts of a mil­lion up­com­ing jobs at city expo

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>>Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha yes­ter­day opened Job Expo Thai­land 2020 at BITEC Bang Na, promis­ing over a mil­lion soon-to-be-listed va­can­cies as the gov­ern­ment fights un­em­ploy­ment in the wake of the Covid-19 pan­demic.

“The Job Expo is not only be­ing held in Bangkok, it is also run­ning in other prov­inces across the coun­try. So far, of­fi­cials say that only about 100,000 peo­ple have ap­plied for the jobs on of­fer. There are still plenty of po­si­tions left all over the coun­try,” the prime min­is­ter told an au­di­ence at the event which runs un­til to­mor­row.

“De­spite a pos­si­ble resur­gence of Covid-19, the gov­ern­ment will con­tinue open­ing the coun­try to boost tourism and travel. In the long term, we ex­pect to see labour­ers move to work in their home­towns and com­mu­ni­ties but that will take time,” said Gen Prayut.

Labour Min­is­ter Suchat Chomk­lin said the job expo was par­tic­u­larly de­signed to help new grad­u­ates who may strug­gle to find work due to a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence.

He said the min­istry launched the “Thai Mee Ngan Tam” (Thais Have Jobs) re­cruit­ment plat­form yes­ter­day to list job op­por­tu­ni­ties from gov­ern­ment agen­cies, state en­ter­prises and the pri­vate sec­tor as well as over­seas.

It is es­ti­mated that com­pa­nies will post 200,000 po­si­tions across var­i­ous sec­tors, while gov­ern­ment agen­cies are ex­pected to post 400,000. About 100,000 over­seas jobs and 200,000 va­can­cies for new grad­u­ates are also pre­dicted.

An­other high­light of the expo is the “Co-Pay­ment Scheme”, a pro­gramme cre­ated by the Min­istry of Labour to help com­pa­nies hir­ing new grad­u­ates by sub­si­dis­ing 50% of their salary for one year at a to­tal cost of about 23 mil­lion baht.

“New grad­u­ates may re­main job­less for a long time if they are not hired one or two years af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

“The sub­sidy aims to ad­dress this and help them move for­ward in the labour mar­ket,” said Mr Suchat.

He said the par­tic­i­pat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions will have to fol­low the min­istry’s con­di­tions which pro­hibit them from lay­ing off more than 15% of em­ploy­ees in one year with­out in­form­ing the Depart­ment of Em­ploy­ment.

If vi­o­la­tions are de­tected, the em­ploy­ers will be forced to pay back the sub­sidy in full, he warned.

Mean­while, job ap­pli­cants must have grad­u­ated af­ter 2019 to be el­i­gi­ble for the scheme and must reg­is­ter through the gov­ern­ment plat­form and at­tach copies of their diplo­mas for the sys­tem to match them with avail­able, suit­able po­si­tions.

One re­cent grad­u­ate at the expo, who asked not to be named, praised the co­pay­ment project.

“The co-pay­ment scheme means the gov­ern­ment cares about stu­dents in higher ed­u­ca­tion.

“It is timely as there are many fresh grad­u­ates des­per­ately look­ing for jobs,” she said.

She added that de­spite hav­ing a highly re­garded de­gree, she had been turned down for many of the jobs that she had ap­plied for over the past few months.

“Most em­ploy­ers chose to hire those who al­ready have ex­pe­ri­ence.

“So, I be­lieve the scheme will en­cour­age em­ploy­ers to take a chance on un­proven grad­u­ates and give them a chance to work con­tin­u­ously,” she said.

 ??  ?? JAM-PACKED: Ca­reer seek­ers flock to the Job Expo Thai­land 2020 at the Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Trade and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (BITEC) in Bang Na district to find a mil­lion em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties from many in the busi­ness sec­tor. Many hope to get through hard times dur­ing the out­break of Covid-19.
JAM-PACKED: Ca­reer seek­ers flock to the Job Expo Thai­land 2020 at the Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Trade and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (BITEC) in Bang Na district to find a mil­lion em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties from many in the busi­ness sec­tor. Many hope to get through hard times dur­ing the out­break of Covid-19.
 ??  ?? WEL­COM­ING ALL: Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha ges­tures while pre­sid­ing over a cer­e­mony for the Job Expo Thai­land 2020, which is or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Labour to help pro­vide over a mil­lion job po­si­tions in the coun­try and over­seas to the unem­ployed and new grad­u­ates dur­ing the eco­nomic re­ces­sion caused by Covid-19.
WEL­COM­ING ALL: Prime Min­is­ter Prayut Chan-o-cha ges­tures while pre­sid­ing over a cer­e­mony for the Job Expo Thai­land 2020, which is or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Labour to help pro­vide over a mil­lion job po­si­tions in the coun­try and over­seas to the unem­ployed and new grad­u­ates dur­ing the eco­nomic re­ces­sion caused by Covid-19.

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