As part of efforts to help older workers find job opportunities near their neighbourhood, mobile job portal FastJobs has rolled out its first kiosk at Radin Mas Community Club on Thursday (Aug 9). Held at a National Day observance event, the kiosk launch was attended by about 500 residents, Straits Times reports.
Residents who want to apply jobs using the kiosk can select a job they are interested in, send SMS of its code to the mobile number provided, then answer questions from employers sent by an SMS bot. After that, applicants will be contacted directly by employers.
Another 15 to 20 kiosk are set to launch at other community centres across the country by the end of the year. According to the firm’s regional business development director Joelle Pang, there are plans to expand FastKiosks and build it with a simple user interface to cater to older residents, to reach more community clubs as well as vocational schools, malls, and residents’ corners. The kiosk will also be made available in more languages over time, she added.
For a start, the pilot kiosk will offer job opportunities such as retail assistant and customer service associate positions from 10 employers in and around the Radin Mas township, including Cheers, KFC and Sasa. In the future, the company will add larger pool of curated jobs for older workers.
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Founded by Singapore Press Holdings as a startup, FastJobs service focuses on blue collar workforce recruitment and has an average 5,000 jobs posted a month in Singapore. Over million people has downloaded its mobile app since its launch in 2015.
Radin Mas MP Sam Tan said that the community club’s partnership with FastJobs is part of a move to enable the community’s older workers with digital literacy skills, in accordance with Singapore’s Smart Nation program.
Mr. Tan, who is Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Social and Family Development, said that Radin Mas is a good area to launch the kiosk as it is a mature estate with about a third of its residents aged 50 and above, many of whom seek transitional or part-time jobs.
“Hopefully this platform can provide flexible working arrangements for the elderly who only need to work on a part-time basis, while helping local companies to fill manpower needs,” he said.
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