SCHOOL students in and around Honiara will have the opportunity to explore future career opportunities including the types of skills and expertise that businesses are looking for during the Careers Market set to be hosted at the Woodford International School grounds today.
Woodford International School is partnering with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and the Solomon Islands Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC) for a third consecutive year in hosting this event, which is designed to exhibit post-school training and employment option for students.
This year’s Careers Market will be hosted with the theme ‘Pathway to Future Careers’.
Thirty-one (31) stalls have been confirmed for the one-day event which will feature a trade-show of businesses and Government ministries.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Solomon Islands National University (SINU) will be participating in this year’s Careers Market.
Government ministries will include the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. One SOE, the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund (SINPF) will also participate.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) will also participate this year.
The Careers Market programme includes an exhibition of businesses who are members of the Chamber of Commerce as well as other organisations, presentations made by key speakers and stall displays set up around the field for students, parents and members of the general public to visit.
There will also be a speech competition for students from participating schools with prizes supported by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI).
Target audiences for the event are Secondary Schools in Honiara, parents and guardians especially noting direct relevance for students from Forms 5 to 7.
Around 14 schools will be participating including students from Don Bosco, USP and SINU.
The Careers Market has been initiated to provide much needed information on post school training and employment options as well as information in support services available for our community, according to Alex Haro, Principal of Woodford International Secondary School.
Mr Haro said hosting such an event as Careers Market encourages young people to think about their future and the importance of an education that matches their goal in careers.
“This is also a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to engage with the form 5 – 7 students by not just talking to them about their job, but also reinforcing the importance of staying at school and improving their skills now so that the base is set to achieve whatever path they choose,” he said.
SICCI Membership and Services Officer, Naomi Mara, who oversees all Chamber events and works on co-organising the Careers Market, hopes that this event will one way or another inspire and empower our students to think seriously about their future.
“Also, for our students to seriously think about what they want to become in the future and how to get there.
“I encourage students to come to the Careers Market at the Woodford International School grounds and visit the stalls, ask as many questions you have and get as much information as you need,” Ms Mara said.
Our current population is around 600 thousand and by 2050 our population is expected to double.
As such, SICCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ms. Atenasi Ata says our challenge is whether we can provide jobs, fulfilling jobs, for our fast-growing population.
“As the body representing the private sector, we are focused on supporting businesses to thrive and create these jobs, but at the same time we need to inspire our students, our young generation to aim high and to reach their full potential, as they are our future workforce as well as business entrepreneurs,” Ms Ata said.
The Manager of SISBEC, Ben Nginabule, highlights the importance of the event as a time to promote entrepreneurship and business developments to our young people.
“It is very important that our young generation are encouraged and supported to develop an entrepreneurial mindset so they can develop interest to start their own business ventures at the young age.
“The career market is an exciting event for everybody. When more young people engage in business, more job opportunities will be created and that is good for our young people going forward,’ Mr Nginabule said.
Upper Primary School students, employers, members of the community and the general public are also welcomed to be part of the Careers Market next Wednesday 29th May at the Woodford International School grounds.