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Hopeful: Job-seekers waiting at a placement counter at the Malabar Job Fest-2008 in Kozhikode on Tuesday.
Hopeful: Job-seekers waiting at a placement counter at the Malabar Job Fest-2008 in Kozhikode on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: The queue looks never-ending. Job-seekers pour in to attend interviews, see the latest technologies on display at an exhibition and listen to experts speaking on improving communication and other skills.

The three-day job fair from Monday has been organised by the Industrial Training Department and the district administration to act as a bridge between students from the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and the Industrial Training Centres (ITCs) and potential employers.

The venue is the Government Girls’ Vocational Higher Secondary School, Nadakkavu.

The fair is a roaring success. A total of 6,000 candidates registered by Monday. As many as 300 got job confirmation letters on the first day, and the number went up to 800 by Tuesday.

“More students have registered here than for the fairs conducted in Kollam and Thrissur. Some of the candidates who got jobs on Monday have already joined work,” says Sunil Jacob, Regional Training Officer, Industrial Training Department.

Candidates have come from Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. Priority is for those who have passed out from either the ITIs or the ITCs. Those with B.Tech. degrees or diplomas from polytechnics are also given a chance.

“The joint efforts of the staff of all the departments who function as volunteers helped in the success of the fest,” Mr. Jacob says.

The companies find it difficult to get recruits in large numbers. “Our platform helps them a lot and they are satisfied with the manpower they get here,” he says.

There are opportunities galore. There are 37,000 openings in the textile sector in Tirupur in Tamil Nadu. Of these, 30,000 are for skilled and semi-skilled labourers and the rest for executive and supervisory posts. A placement services company made a presentation on this at the fair.

Kozhikode district boasts three ITIs and 22 ITCs. The problem, the organisers say, is that a wide range of trades is not taught in the institutes in the Malabar region. There were candidates from 63 trades at the job fair conducted in Kollam, whereas there are those from only 22 here.

More than 40 companies are participating in the fest. All the information technology companies functioning at the Kinfra Park at Kakkancherry, near here, are participating. Companies such as PK Steels, Parrissons and Landmark Builders recruited on Tuesday.

The registration, open from April 10, will continue even after Wednesday when the fair concludes. Candidates may contact the Related Instruction Centre, Malikkadavu, Kozhikode – 673 010 (ph: 0495 2370289) after Wednesday. They can register at the venue on Wednesday.




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