RAWALPINDI - The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and its implementing partner Hashoo Foundation organised Sunday the first hospitality and service industry Job Mela at Pearl Continental Hotel in collaboration with Agha Khan Economic Planning Board. The Chief Officer Ministry of Planning and Development, Amanullah Khan, on this occasion, was the chief guest whereas Chairperson Hashoo Foundation Sarah Hashwani and Chairperson of ILO Aliya Agha Khan were also present on the occasion. A good number of young girls and boys with shining faces, holding their CVs were present in hotel hall and also waiting for interview.   In this event, 25 hospitality and service organisations participated, conducted interviews of more than 500 prospective candidates came from different parts of the province. The Job Mela catered to Hotel Management Programme female trainees as well as youth trained in English language, information and communication technology, life skills, etc through Hashoo Foundation training centre in Rawalpindi. The event is part of Hashoo Foundation's "Women Empowerment through Hotel Management Training" project, under ILO's national project "Women's Employment Concerns and Working Conditions in Pakistan (WEC-PAK). This training project also provides skills development opportunities to young unemployed women and increases their employability in the hospitality and tourism sector, one of the fastest-growing industries in Pakistan. Funded by Canadian International Development Agency, the ILO country program WEC-PAK is being implemented in collaboration with Ministry of Labour and Manpower. WEC-PAK aims to provide direct assistance to women to secure decent employment, improve the quantity and quality of employment for women and promote their empowerment whilst improving the welfare of their families. It is pertinent to mention here that the project has trained more than 300 women Since June 1, 2007. Free of cost for trainees, this training program targeted women aged 18 to 35 residing in Punjab. However, Hahoo Group of Hotels has made a generous contribution to this initiative by offering training opportunities in Hotel Management at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad and Pearl Continental Hotels in Rawalpindi, Lahore and Bhurban. The group also contributes to the financial costs of the program by spending PKR 42,000 on each trainee. This amount covers the trainees' honorarium, uniform and training hall.