Shaqodoon Organizes First Somaliland Job Fair

Shaqodoon organization and steering committee for the national employment conference and job fair, this was the first event ever held in Somaliland where employers and jobseekers had the opportunity to meet and network together.
The Job Fair brought together different sectors of the community, where jobs internships and trainings opportunities where showcased.

The job fair was officially launched by the president of the republic of Somaliland H.E Ahmed Mohamed Silanyo, where he visited every table in the job fair where businesses displayed opportunities and services related to employment.

The president thanked the event organizers and encouraged private sector businesses to recruit young people. His excellenece mentioned that his government is committed in creating jobs for Somaliland youth. Adnan Hagoog of Shaqodoon showed the president & his entourage to every table where businesses and organizations were exhibiting job opportunities and training materials. Youth business plan competition was held for youth who participated and Shaqodon organization facilitated and awarded grants to winners, this business plan competition evolved from build your business (BYB) which is enterprise development training sessions that Shaqodoon organization runs.

The number of direct jobs displayed in the job fair where 68 jobs, 4 internships, the direct jobs where to be filled within 3 months after the job fair, 200 training opportunities in technology and living skills was identified also. In the job fair 41 employers (businesses) and 18 organizations were providing services related to employment.

The two day event was full of encouragement and networking between employers and job seekers. Also there was a seminar room in front of the Job Fair hall which presentations were held. The seminar room discussions fed the national employment conference in number of ways, for the first time there was discussion and debate between employers (private sector), training providers (Universities, TVETS) and Jobseekers (graduates) about labour market issues, hot topics such as market demand skills, quality of education, mindsets of young people and promoting fair employment among employers.

Other presentations included the role of civil society in creating jobs, showcasing successful business entrepreneurs, panel discussions on build your business and entrepreneurship, there was also real life stories on Tahreeb and impact it has on the country and young people. Two inspiring youths talked about their experience trying to reach the west in the hope of better life and the obstacles they have faced. This event showed the need for inclusive engagement between employers and jobseekers also the demand of employment opportunities is very high for example around 3000 jobseekers attended the Job Fair and the number of opportunities in Somaliland was showcased.

This event highlighted the need for inclusive engagement between employers and jobseekers, demand for skilled force is on the high across all sectors either private or public. An estimated 3,000 jobseekers attended the Job Fair, on average 22 people were competing for each available opportunities advertised. In the next couple of weeks Shaqodoon will conduct follow up with all employers who attended the job fair to find out who they have employed and this will be updated in Shaqodoon’s InfoMatch System