Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development, Dr. Franco Rodie (centre) officially delivered the keynote address with remarks from the SICCI CEO Dennis Meone (right) and Woodford Acting Head of School Rachel MacKinnon (left).

Over five hundred students took part in a career education program that involved an exhibition of businesses and organisations that aim to help students develop their career goals.

The event “Careers Market” is jointly hosted by Woodford International School and the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI).

The Careers Market attracted over 500 students from 10 different schools.
The Careers Market attracted over 500 students from 10 different schools.

The program was successfully launched on Wednesday at the Woodford school ground with the attendance of students from 10 different schools and a trade-show of businesses, SOEs (state-owned enterprises) and government ministries.

Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development, Dr. Franco Rodie officially delivered the keynote address with remarks from the SICCI CEO Dennis Meone and Woodford Acting Head of School Rachel MacKinnon.

Don Boykin of Pacific Architects talking about his business to students of Betikama Adventist College.
Don Boykin of Pacific Architects talking about his business to students of
Betikama Adventist College.

The much-loved Soltuna products were high on display as SolTuna made their strong presence at the Careers Market.
The much-loved Soltuna products were high on display as SolTuna made their strong presence at the Careers Market.
The much-loved Soltuna products were high on display as SolTuna made
their strong presence at the Careers Market.

Mr. Meone said the Chamber is pleased to have taken part in organising the Careers Market emphasising that this was driven by the positive response from businesses members who were very keen to support the initiative.

“As the peak body representing the private sector we are focused on supporting businesses to thrive and create jobs, but at the same time we need to inspire our students, our young generation, to reach their full potential as they are our future workforce and entrepreneurs,” said the CEO.

“Businesses will need engineers, mechanics, plumbers, accountants, lawyers, builders and the list goes on.

“I hope by the end of [Careers Market], all students are better informed about the career opportunities that are out there, understand the challenges and realities of the labour market and have more information to guide their own career paths.”

Bradford Theonomi (far right) of the Ministry of Forestry and Research talking about career opportunities in the forestry sector.Bradford Theonomi (far right) of the Ministry of Forestry and Research talking about career opportunities in the forestry sectorBradford Theonomi (far right) of the Ministry of Forestry and Research talking about career opportunities in the forestry sector.
Bradford Theonomi (far right) of the Ministry of Forestry and Research talking
about career opportunities in the forestry sector.


The Chamber would like to thank Woodford for the successful collaboration in establishing the Careers Market and SICCI members who came out as sponsors of the event; South Pacific Oil, Solomon Islands Ports Authority, Pan Oceanic Bank, Adkonect, Coral Sea Resort and GTL Holdings.

The Careers Market will continue as an annual event.

About the author

Ernest Ta’asi is the Chamber's Media & Communications Officer. Ernest writes most of the Chamber's media releases. He also manages the website contents, designs the Chamber's monthly newsletter, brochures and maintains the organisation's visual branding. 

Ernest can be contacted on email: media@solomonchamber.com.sb 

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