The first EURES Switzerland job fair in Basle was a roaring success, with EURES consultants and employee representatives from Luxembourg, Sweden, Great Britain, Germany and Austria travelling to the Congress Center on 13 November. Over 150 qualified specialist employees from all around Switzerland with university or technical training in the life sciences, finance, logistics and IT sectors also took the opportunity to travel to Basle for the day's events, which were formally opened by Oliver Schärli, deputy head of the employment market/unemployment insurance performance sector for SECO.
The EURES country representatives used presentations to provide information about employment possibilities and living conditions in their country, as well as enjoying bilateral discussions with interested job-seekers.
The main aim of the European Employment Services (EURES) employment fair is to integrate jobseekers into (or back into) the labour market as quickly as possible, and taking up a position abroad is a good way of achieving this.
Based on their profile and on situations vacant in partner countries, all job-seekers taking part in the employment fair are allocated to EURES consultants from EU/EFTA countries for discussions. The Norwegian EURES representative was forced to pull out at the last minute when she fell ill, but EURES Switzerland nevertheless took the files of all those interested to pass them on to the relevant office in the country.
There were high levels of interest among experienced expert employees, which was in contrast with the surprisingly minimal enthusiasm shown by university graduates for this event.
The next few months will reveal how many specialist employees find work abroad thanks to this employment fair, and both EURES Switzerland and SECO are convinced that the months of preparation for this event and for the highly-qualified job-seekers will pay off.