TAKING HEART

Improving the matching of job seekers and local businesses

Singapore

THE Maybank-CDC Jobs & Skills Series, an initiative to bring a roving series of job fairs and programmes to the community, was launched on July 10.

The project - which involves the five Community Development Councils (CDCs), Maybank Singapore and the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) - aims to empower job seekers in securing placement opportunities with potential local employers.

The bank has pledged S$500,000 over two years to support CDCs in their job fair efforts, and will also tap its business network to link its small and medium enterprise (SME) clients to the CDCs on job vacancy information.

National Trades Union Congress' (NTUC) e2i will support CDCs in the series of jobs and skills-related events and programmes, and train Maybank staff to become SkillsFuture Advice Ambassadors.

John Lee, country CEO and CEO of Maybank Singapore, said: "With Maybank-CDC Jobs & Skills Series, Maybank hopes to support job seekers in finding employment and also help businesses with their hiring needs. Beyond funding, the bank will also tap our customer network to bring our SME customers onboard to participate in the job fairs. This initiative is aligned with Maybank's mission of Humanising Financial Services, and our sustainability goal to uplift communities and improve the lives of one million households across Asean by 2025."

In support of providing more accessible employment opportunities for job seekers, e2i has partnered Maybank to place the NTUC Job Security Council Job Stations at more Maybank branches.

Gilbert Tan, CEO of NTUC's e2i, said: "Despite the uncertainties in job security brought about by the pandemic, there are still groups of SMEs, particularly those in the growth sectors, looking for talents. The collaboration with Maybank will enable us to amplify outreach to more SME employers, match their hiring needs and bring jobs to our workers."

Desmond Choo, Mayor of North East District, said: "The labour crunch that SMEs are facing due to the tightening of the foreign worker base avails a range of job vacancies. The CDCs play the role of a bridge between our extensive network of corporate partners and job seekers, by aggregating job vacancies and bringing them to the job fairs. The partnership with Maybank is one such example that provides our residents easier access to job vacancies at the SMEs, as Maybank taps on its connections for us to expand our outreach to consolidate employment opportunities."

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