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HCM City (VNA) - This year’s Assistance Programme for Workers has been launched to provide free employment information for people who are seeking jobs in HCM City and other provinces, including Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Tien Giang, Dak Nong and Can Tho city.

The programme, which is carried out by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, traditionally lasts from after the Tet holiday until the end of the year.

In the programme, workers also are provided occupational counselling in addition introductions to companies looking for workers, said Nguyen Quang Cuong, director of the Youth Employment Service Centre of HCM City, which is a part of the youth union.

Workers can come to booths at bus terminals in the city or the centre to be introduced to possible jobs, Cuong said.

One difference in this year’s programme is that the centre is co-operating with nine other employment service centres in Quang Binh, Quang Nam, Can Tho, Tien Giang, Phu Yen and Dak Nong provinces to exchange employment information.

Local people of these provinces who want to seek jobs in other localities can go to local employment service centres to get information and be provided counselling as well as introductions directly to enterprises for applications and interviews.

The co-operation will help reduce the risk of being cheated through illegal employment service providers, he added.

During the launching ceremony on Saturday, a job fair also was organised to connect employees and employers.

More than 70 companies attended the job fair, seeking to fill 10,000 job positions. These firms are in fields of plastic manufacturing, consultancy, transportation and others. 

The needed positions are accountants, traders, graphic designers, electronic or mechanic engineers and others.

Binh Minh Plastic Joint Stock Company, for instance, is seeking to recruit chemical, electronic, electric or mechanic engineers, traders, accountants, statistician and manual workers for manufacturing in HCM City, Binh Duong province and Long An province.

Provincial centres provided buses for local people seeking jobs to attend the fair.

Le Ngoc Bao Ngan of Can Tho College said that she came to the fair to speak to a job counselor.

“I will graduate in June. I have applied to many enterprises in Can Tho. Today, I came to the fair to seek more opportunities,” Ngan said.

Nguyen Thi Hoang Lan, 24, who recently graduated from HCM City Open University, said that the fair provided opportunities to meet with many companies.

Vuong Hoang Phong, 36, of HCM City’s District 8, spent around eight months seeking a manual job because he only finished 12th grade.

“After reading information about the fair in the newspaper, I came to the fair and hope to get a job,” Phong said.

The Assistance Programme for Workers started six years ago, attracting 14,762 enterprises with more than 135,980 recruitment positions in many fields.

The programme has provided employment counseling and introductions for more than 49,210 people. Of them, more than 25 percent have gotten interviews or jobs.-VNA