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Though some think Sentosa ‘too far’, 1,000 apply for 300 IR vacancies (Today 27/2)

Though some think Sentosa ‘too far’, 1,000 apply for 300 IR vacancies

Lin Yanqin 

PLANS to fill its 10,000 vacancies by next year are on track, but filling some of the casino and theme park management jobs at Resorts World at Sentosa has been more challenging.

Said the Integrated Resort’s (IR) head of human resources and training Seah-Khoo Ee Boon: “For things like running the rides and shows, we don’t have so much of that in Singapore, so these positions are harder to fill with Singaporeans.”

But junior level positions were not a problem as the resort would conduct training for those jobs, she added.

The IR received over 1,000 applications for its 300 vacancies offered at North West Community Development Council’s (CDC) job fair yesterday, which drew 4,800 jobseekers for the 3,000 vacancies available.

It was the first time Resorts World was taking part in a job fair since it began recruiting last year, and it plans to take part in at least two more with North West this year.

The jobseekers’ biggest concern? That Sentosa was too far from their homes. “So we’re trying to let everyone know that’s not true, that we will provide shuttle services from Vivo City,” said Ms Seah-Khoo.

Other employers yesterday too got feedback about distance issues — a sign that jobseekers remain somewhat picky. Sales manager John Tjia from NTUC Income, which offered 200 financial consultant positions, said some were also unsure about taking on commission-based jobs.

More than 1,000 jobseekers had turned up an hour after the doors opened, some of whom were dressed in officewear.

Executive Karen Liew, while still employed, expects to be laid off by the middle of this year. “I know it’s coming so it’s time I got ready for the worst,” said Ms Liew, who made use of her enforced unpaid leave to visit the job fair.

North West district mayor Teo Ho Pin announced that the CDC would spend $1.6 million this year on local assistance schemes, up $500,000 from last year. The next job fair in June will cater to PMETjob seekers.

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