Research Officer with the Ghana Employers’ Association, Kingsley Laar says the Youth Employment Agency’s (YEA) maiden job fair is not a sustainable way for employers to find the right people for their companies.

According to him, the one-off interviews organised at the event held at the Accra International Conference Center on Thursday may not give employers the needed details to employ a job seeker.

Speaking on Top Story, he said that “I honestly think that it is not an efficient approach to get the right skills to fill jobs. I think that it is an ad hoc way of looking at the situation altogether,” Mr Laar said.

His comment comes after many young Ghanaians massed up at the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) Job Fair in search of jobs from several employers.

The scores of Ghanaians were seen joining long queues at the Accra International Conference Centre hoping to secure a job.

Mr Laar proposed that employers and other industry stakeholders in the possible future liaise with academia to train young people with the right set of skills for the job market.

This, according to him, is because “skills development itself starts from the classroom.”

Meanwhile, the Director of Business Support and Policy at the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program (NEIP), said the job fair is only to help provide the environment for job seekers and employers to interact.

“Obviously you can’t undertake all the interviews today, [Thursday]. This was to create an avenue for people who are able to drop their CVs. Now, they know directly where the vacancies are and the organizations will call them once the program is over. This is a good platform for us to begin the conversation from there,” Franklin Owusu Karikari said.

The NEIP Director added that the fair did not center only around interviews but also other workshops which included developing the right work attitude, skills work ethic among others.