FastJobs kiosk helps older workers find temporary, part-time jobs

Founded by SPH as a startup,FastJobs launches its first kiosk at Radin Mas

Singapore

RADIN MAS residents seeking temporary, part-time and contract jobs can now browse and apply for jobs in their neighbourhood via SMS.

Mobile jobs portal FastJobs launched its first kiosk at Radin Mas Community Club on Thursday as part of efforts to connect older workers with job opportunities near their homes.

Another 15 to 20 kiosks will be launched at other community centres by the end of the year.

To use the kiosk, residents select a job they are interested in, SMS its job code to the mobile number provided and answer questions from employers sent by an SMS bot. Employers can then contact the applicants directly.

There are plans to expand FastKiosks, built with a simple user interface to cater to older residents, to more community clubs, as well as vocational schools, malls and residents' corners, the firm's regional business development director Joelle Pang told The Straits Times.

It will also be made available in more languages over time, she added.

But for a start, the pilot kiosk will offer job opportunities such as retail assistant and customer service associate positions from 10 employers in and around the Radin Mas township, including Cheers, KFC and Sasa.

A larger pool of jobs, curated for older workers, will be added in the future, said Ms Pang.

FastJobs focuses on blue collar workforce recruitment and sees an average of 5,000 jobs posted a month in Singapore, with over a million downloads of its mobile app since its launch in 2015.

The FastKiosk was launched at a National Day observance event attended by some 500 residents.

Radin Mas MP Sam Tan said that the community club's partnership with FastJobs is part of a move to "enable the community, especially the older workers, with digital literacy skills", in line with Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.

Mr Tan, who is Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Social and Family Development, said that Radin Mas is a good area to launch the kiosk as it is a mature estate with about a third of its residents aged 50 and above, many of whom seek transitional or part-time jobs.

"Hopefully this platform can provide flexible working arrangements for the elderly who only need to work on a part-time basis, while helping local companies to fill manpower needs," he said.

Founded by Singapore Press Holdings as a startup, FastJobs was officially launched in April 2015 and there have been over a million mobile app downloads across the region.