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First ‘Mobile job centre’ launched

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Mr Ith Samheng says he wants more access to jobs for people in rural areas. MOL

The Labour Ministry on Tuesday launched the Kingdom’s first “Mobile Job Centre’ as an employment portal for job-seekers.

Minister Ith Samheng said during the launch at the ministry that the purpose of the mobile centre is to bring employment services and information on job opportunities to the people, especially students, living in remote areas.

The project is sponsored by the Swedish International Development Agency and the Swedish Public Service Agency.

“The mobile centre has computers and a library where those seeking jobs can use its online facilities to browse for and apply for jobs easily,” Mr Samheng said. “The mobile job centre is a mini bus that can travel anywhere in the Kingdom.”

“It provides job information and consultation for youths, workers and also employers who are looking for employees,” he added.

Mr Samheng noted Cambodia has job centres in Phnom Penh and in eight provinces.

He said job centres are very important because they make it easier for youths to seek work after graduation.

“This is the reason why we created this service, it’s to provide job information and consultation for them,” Mr Samheng said.

“Job centres help reduce time for both job seekers and employers,” he added. “However, one mobile job centre is not enough – this is only a pilot project.”

Also on Tuesday, the ministry and the Swedish Embassy held a conference to mark the completion of the project.

Sweden’s Ambassador Maria Sargren said at the conference that eight years ago Sweden and Cambodia started discussions on skills development and youth employment in the Kingdom.

“That discussion later grew into a full project [to support skills development and employment for Cambodian youths] and a close cooperation between the Cambodian National Employment Agency and the Swedish Public Employment Service,” she said. “The success of the first project phase led to the formulation of a second [the mobile job centre]. The focus has always been on youth, through updated and relevant labour market information, and career counselling.”

She added that for young people choosing a career is one of the most important things in life.

“Today we are here to mark the end of the successful implementation of two project phases. But it is not the end of our joint collaboration.” Ms Maria Sargren said. “Although it is still early, I would like to mention to you that the embassy, together with NEA, the Swedish Public Employment Service and Finnish Church Aid, are in the advanced stages of finalising support for a new project, under the name of ‘Career Guidance and Counselling in Secondary School-the Bridge to Employment’.”

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