A partnership with the South East Cornerstone Public School Division allowed the Southeast Regional College's job fair to experience a surge in attendance in the job fair's second year.
Twenty-two exhibitors promoted their employment vacancies and their potential careers at the fair, which was held April 9 at the Southeast Regional College's Estevan campus. Hundreds of people attended the event, including Estevan Comprehensive School students, who attended the job fair during its first four hours.
Exhibitors were pleased to have additional traffic from the high school students, Estevan campus manager Sheena Onrait said.
“Feedback is that … partnering with the South East Cornerstone Public School Division was absolutely a great thing to do,” said Onrait. “A lot of the prospective employers saw a lot of positive students, and a lot of students that were interested in jobs after they're done high school in June.”
Most of the exhibitors were oilfield companies, or they were from the other industries that are prevalent in the Estevan area – power generation, coal mining and agriculture. But the City of Estevan, Go Cabs and a couple of trades associations also had booths.
Some of the companies that attended the job fair received numerous job applications, Onrait said.
“The majority of them definitely do have some prospective employees,” said Onrait. “It's kind of an awareness thing, too. A lot of the people (looking for jobs) maybe don't have the opportunity to visit these local businesses out of the blue, so by us combining them in one spot, it opens up their awareness for their business and the jobs they have available.”
Onrait said the college was hoping to have more hospitality and retail businesses at the job fair, and the students were hoping to see more booths from those sectors, too. The college is hopeful that those types of businesses will be better represented next year.
Estevan was the site of one of two job fairs hosted by the college this year. A similar event happened in Weyburn on April 10.