Unemployed workers seek jobs on government site

Wednesday August 05, 2020 Written by Published in Economy
Anne Herman, Secretary of Internal Affairs which created the employment website.   SALOTE LOKI 20033113 Anne Herman, Secretary of Internal Affairs which created the employment website. SALOTE LOKI 20033113

Eleven vacancies have been advertised on an Internal Affairs website as the agency tries to offer solutions for those laid off in the Covid-19 downturn.

A free online service is now available for jobseekers and employers looking for staff.

The Anga’anga Tūkatau Employment Service website implemented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs was launched on Friday.

It is part of the Cook Islands Covid-19 Economic Response Plan long-term strategy to aid the growth in employment and the transformation of a more diverse and dynamic economy for the future, the ministry said.

As of yesterday, 18 companies were registered and 11 vacancies were posted on the website. The vacancies were for joiner, repair technician, electrician, chef, office admin, carpenter, housekeeper, gardener and planter.

There were zero hires.

Thirteen people have posted for jobs on the Employment Service website.

Internal Affairs says their platform provides a free one-stop-shop of employment information relating to working in the Cook Islands.

The online recruitment tool enables employers and job seekers in Rarotonga, and Pa Enua to advertise and explore work opportunities throughout the country, they said.

Anga'anga Tūkatau’s approach to employment is one that benefits Cook Islands employers, and job seekers here and abroad and the ministry.

The ministry says their networks reach out to international skilled workers, and other Pacific Island communities and Cook Island ex-pats regarding work opportunities.

Employers can advertise their vacancies as well as opportunities for people wanting to volunteer in the community or students and adults to gain work experience.

Internal Affairs can also provide some tools for people managers and link to their Labour & Consumer Services to seek employment related advice.

Internal Affairs says Anga’anga Tūkatau provides them with a valuable source of referral to aid and rehabilitate welfare beneficiaries into appropriate employment.

It also provides the ministry reliable statistical data to develop and improve our labour and welfare support and services, now and into the future.

According to government, 89 Cook Islanders and residents were on unemployment benefit as of May this year. Seventeen were reemployed.

There were also 238 listed vacancies from 35 businesses available in May this year.

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