His Excellency Dr. Aye Zan, Chief Minister of Mon State and His Excellency U Wanna Kyaw, Minister of Finance and Planning opened the two-day job fair on 3rd February 2018 at Mawlamyine city hall. The purpose of the Job Fair was to link job-seekers with career opportunities by inviting companies for different types of occupations from various economic sectors to set up recruitment booths at the venue. The job fair brought together over 1,500 job-seekers from Mawlamyine and nearby villages with 30 private sector employers looking for employees, as well as the Department of Labour, which set up a booth to provide information on legal migration channels and migrant workers' rights. The job seekers at the event met with different companies for career consultations and/or walk-in interviews.
The types of businesses present at the job fair included hospitality, construction, sales and marketing, microfinancing, supermarket, mobile phone services and communications, production and distribution service, and industrial work. Professor Dr. Aung Htun Thet, advisor of UMFCCI and Honorary Professor of University of British Columbia, and other prominent academic speakers also gave inspiring speeches for the audience at the two-day job fair.
Since 2015, the VSDP has been implemented by Swisscontact, in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), offering market oriented entry-level training courses aimed at improving skills, employability and income-earning potential of women and men from disadvantaged communities in Kayin and Mon States. The VSDP has conducted vocational training courses in different occupations for nearly 3,500 people from disadvantaged background in Mon and Kayin states.
Some of the attendees of the job fair were graduates from VSDP training, seeking new job opportunities, connections to suppliers for their own businesses, submitting applications for National Skills Standards Authority (NSSA) skill testing, and broadening their network of customers and business contacts.