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Monday, December 2, 2013 (All day)

ILO partners EDEX to launch "EDEX job fair 2014"

Chandana L. Aluthgama, Secretary Royal College Union,  Kamal Abeysinghe, Chairman EDEX,  Donglin Li, ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives,  Dilruk de Silva, Deputy Chairman EDEX Expo, Mewan Dissanayake, Director  EDEX Job Fair Committee

Recognizing the important role played by EDEX for the past ten years, International Labour Organization (ILO), will partner with EDEX Expo to launch their inaugural "Job Fair" to be held in January 2014.

EDEX will introduce its inaugural 'Job Fair' on a national scale concurrent with Sri Lanka's largest education exhibition -EDEX Expo 2014 at BMICH, Colombo with the aim of facilitating decent employment opportunities for youth.

The ILO is a specialized Agency of the United Nations that promotes social justice and internationally-recognized labour rights. It is dedicated to bring decent work, job-related security and better living standards to people worldwide. Speaking on the occasion of signing the service agreement, ILO Country Director for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Donglin Li said 'In keeping with our strategic objectives the ILO supports creating greater opportunities for women and men to decent and productive employment, whilst enhancing the coverage and effectiveness of social protection for all. Therefore we are happy to partner with EDEX in this timely endeavour'.

The inaugural EDEX Job Fair will unveil a new paradigm in recruitment in Sri Lanka and will provide an opportunity for youth ready for the "world of work" to interact directly with Employers and understand the expectations of the job market and seek timely employment.

Hailing the ILO endorsement as a huge encouragement for his passionate team of volunteers Chairman EDEX Kamal Abeysinghe said 'Leading corporates from a diverse mix of sectors among the most preferred employers by the youth are expected to participate at the 'EDEX Job Fair 2014'.

'As a job fair of this magnitude will be a new experience to most employers and job seekers alike, we are hopeful that the 'Job Fair' will attract a diverse profile of visitors ranging from the unemployed or under-employed; post O/L, A/L, NVQ/Diploma qualified, university graduates, undergraduates or skilled, semi-skilled or low-skilled seeking gainful employment or internships. We are also in discussion with the UGC to ensure participation of Final Year undergraduates from all universities in the country' observed Abeysinghe.

EDEX Job Fair 2014 is being supported by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), SLASSCOM, Employers' Federation of Ceylon (EFC), Organization of Professional Associations (OPA), Old Royalists Human Resource Professionals Association (ORHRPA) and Career Guidance Counselors Association of Sri Lanka.

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