11 May 2018

Thousands turn out for careers market in Solomon Islands

5:23 pm on 11 May 2018

Thousands of students in Solomon Islands took time out to think about their futures this week at a careers market day in the capital Honiara.

The event was organised by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Woodford International School and the country's Small Business Enterprise Centre.

Students during the farewell RAMSI parade.

Students during the farewell RAMSI parade. Photo: RNZI - Koroi Hawkins

According to the World Bank, the country's unemployment rate last year was 32.4 percent, with more than 70 percent of the population under the age of 30.

This year, education received the lion's share of the government's development funding.

But the chamber's chief executive, Dennis Meone, said competition for scholarships and jobs was still high.

"During our school days we hardly had these type of events where we can think and also explore what other opportunities are there in the private sector but also in the government circle," said Mr Meone.

"Last year, we had 10 schools participating with a total of 1500 students. And this year it was even better we had 12 schools with more than 2000 students. So I thought it was a really successful day."

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