Skool4Kidz attracted a lot of interest when it participated in a Career Fair held at Waterway Point Mall in Punggol from 4 to 9 July 2017. The fair registered more than 200 applicants for 63 teaching and administrative positions in its 14 centres, including the new large centre – Skool4Kidz Campus @ Sengkang Riverside Park.
Compared to previous career recruitment events, this was more successful for Skool4Kidz as the effort yielded more qualified applicants. At the end of the six-day recruitment event, the Skool4Kidz human resource team shortlisted 88 of the applicants and has since then offered employment to 30 trained teachers after a series of interviews. Many of the successful candidates were from the Punggol and Sengkang areas.
“The location of such career fairs is very important, and we were lucky that it was held in Punggol this time as the majority of our vacancies are in the Sengkang and Punggol areas. This also makes it more enticing for our candidates as they will be working very close to home, hence able to enjoy a better work-life balance being able to travel less and reach home earlier from work,” said Stella Tan, HR Manager of Skool4Kidz.
Skool4Kidz was one of 10 early childhood service providers that participated in the Fair, alongside six teacher training institutions showcasing training programmes from certificate to degree levels for those choosing EC education as a career.
The six-day physical event was a platform for the official launch of a new two-month long e-career fair initiated by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) in partnership with Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). The e-career campaign will run until 15 September with preschools offering more than 1,000 jobs for positions such as principals, supervisors, teachers, assistant teachers and infant educarers.
The July event provided the opportunity for those interested in an early childhood career to seek out potential employers and at the same time pick up employability tips, as well as information on career development and training opportunities.
The e-career Fair is part of the Early Childhood Manpower Plan announced in October 2016 by Minister of Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin. It aims to attract and train about 4,000 more Early Childhood professionals in the next three to four years, to support upcoming childcare centres in the north-east area such as Punggol and Sengkang.