April 30, 2001
The Department of Human
Resources Employee Development and Training Division of the American Samoa
Government has announced efforts by a survey team to collect accurate labor
market and economic development informational throughout American Samoa.
The survey information or data collected by this team will be used in the
newly developing labor market and educational training system known as the
Workforce System of American Samoa or WSAS.
According to Governor Tauese who
is introducing the system, this is setting up a labor market system that will be
available concerning employment, business, and economic development in American
Known as the Workforce System of
American Samoa (WSAS) through the California based company known as ERISS, this
will enhance the world’s knowledge of how to begin business in American Samoa
which will improve the economic base.
This system can also be a basis
for the Department of Education and private educational systems to use to inform
our young people of the need for a solid education and for preparation for the
career of their choice. It can and
will be used to assist the teachers, counselors and administrators in making
education meet the expectations of the “real world.”
Finally, this Workforce System
of American Samoa will provide both employers and job applications to have a
place and a computer based system to use for employment and advertising purposes
much like employment agencies in other states and places. The system will provide the information pertaining to the
necessary skills needed in particular jobs (academic and skill standards) and
the information can be compared regionally within the other Pacific areas as
well as with different states within the U.S. mainland.
According to Dr. Eneliko
Sofa’i, “this system is very important to the economic and educational
future of American Samoa.”
The survey team from the
Department of Human Resources will be collecting “local labor market information” through surveys
beginning at the kick-off luncheon at the Rainmaker Hotel on April 11, 2001.
The survey is targeted to be completed by May 2001.
The system will be inputted into the computerized system and will be
available for those needing computer access in the Workforce Centers at the
Department of Human Resources and the American Samoa Community College.
Dr. Sofa’i has requested everyone’s participation with sharing the information needed by the Survey Team in order for the system to contain information that is not only complete, but accurate for the future system.
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