A HONIARA resident says that seasonal workers recruitment scheme is one way the country can address unemployment.
Speaking to Solomon star, George Kwaifi said he would like to congratulate those who initiated the idea so far.
He said the idea is a good one since it contributes a lot to addressing the issue of unemployment in the country.
“Many young youths in my area who have undertaken jobs under the seasonal workers scheme have returned home with lots of successive testimonies,” he added.
Mr Kwaifi said as someone concerned with high number of unemployment in the country, he strongly believes this is a way forward to tackling the problem head-on.
Mr Kwaifi extends his congratulation to recruiting companies from Australia and New Zealand for a job well done.
The Labour Mobility Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MFAET) announced the names of nine local recruiting agents.
It said the nine local agents have been issued with licenses to carry out recruitment of the local workers under the seasonal scheme to work in New Zealand.
The agents are:
1. Seasonal Employment agents-Loraine & Simon;
2. Ama recruitment agent –Nickson Asukeni;
3. Al recruitment agent-Luisa Fakaia;
4. Island agency, Remington Tagini;
5. Pslam recruitment agent-Gaye Au;
6. Pacific islands workforce-Catherin Sheardown;
7. Malcolm recruitment agent-Malcolm Akoforau;
8. SSEC transit –Moses Omearo;
9. Suhairato recruiters-Jack Kanai.
Official from the Unit, Jack Waneoroa reminded those intending to seek recruitment under the scheme that the only legally legitimate agents recommended to do recruitment are the above nine.
He said any other person or companies claiming to be agents are not recognised.
Mr Waneoroa said a total of 2,900 workers from the Solomon Islands have been engaged in the Seasonal Workers scheme since its inception in September 2007 to 2015.
He said a further 600 are ready to be despatched any time from now.
By LESLEY SANGA