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Mendaki Sense holds two-day career fair at Tampines this weekend

The Social Enterprise Network Singapore (Sense) is holding its first 'Better Jobs For Better Pay' career fair this weekend.

Held at Tampines Central from 11am to 5pm on both days, the event is expected to draw about 2,000 people.

Sense is the subsidiary training arm of Malay/Muslim self-help group Mendaki. Low-skilled workers are the network's focus on Saturday, with employers at the fair offering jobs that pay between $1,200 to $1,700 a month.

These include jobs in industries such as services, healthcare and education administration.

Aspiring jobseekers in the professionals, managers and executives (PME) group, will be the focus of the fair on Sunday. These will include jobs that pay at least $1,800 a month.

Sense said the two-day is also open to jobseekers who fall in the "back-to-work women" group, to help encourage more dual-income households.

Speaker of Parliament, Madam Halimah Yacob, who was speaking at the fair, said: "Mendaki through Sense will continue to focus on employment as one of the key areas to help the Malay community progress and improve the quality of our lives.

"However, a great deal also depends on the individuals themselves ... More and more, we are expected to take control of our own careers."

Sense general manager Shenaz Poonawala said employers arec supporting this move as well because they too are recognising the need for skilled workers to improve productivity.

"And workers are also more receptive to training and retraining," she said.