Youth Em­ploy­ment Skills Pro­gram a suc­cess story

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YES! A Youth Em­ploy­ment Skills Ini­tia­tive is a new pro­gram ini­ti­ated and will be im­ple­mented from 2014 to 2018 un­der Guar­an­tee Em­ploy­ment Scheme sup­ported by Eco­nomic Stim­u­lus Plan (ESP). As clear from the ti­tle YES is a skills de­vel­op­ment pro­gram tar­geted to­wards youth with ob­jec­tive to skill them for gain­ful em­ploy­ment and sus­tain­able liveli­hood. Job seek­ers trained through YES will be em­ployed in the sec­tors out­side civil ser­vice sys­tem, mainly in the pri­vate sec­tors. Skills will be pro­vided by the iden­ti­fied lo­cal train­ing provider through in­sti­tute­based train­ing and on-the-job (OJT) train­ing. YES is be­ing im­ple­mented in part­ner­ship with var­i­ous regis­tered lo­cal train­ing providers in the coun­try. The train­ing providers car­ried out Rapid Mar­ket Ap­praisal (RMA) to as­sess oc­cu­pa­tions lead­ing to em­ploy­ment post-train­ing. Based on RMA pro­pos­als, MoLHR sup­ported the train­ing YES Pro­grams. YES is also tar­geted to meet the hu­man re­source re­quire­ment in the pri­vate sec­tor.

Em­ploy­ment of trained can­di­dates is en­sured by train­ing providers in the rel­e­vant oc­cu­pa­tions that the youth are trained. Max­i­mum of three months time will be given to the train­ing providers for en­sur­ing em­ploy­ment after com­ple­tion of train­ing pro­gram. Pay­ment of em­ploy­ment cost/tu­ition fee will be with­held if the train­ing provider does not en­sure em­ploy­ment post train­ing. Trained can­di­dates are ex­pected to work at least two years in the same company with ob­jec­tive to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence

How­ever if the trained can­di­dates is not will­ing to take-up em­ploy­ment after train­ing, the trainees will have to re­fund em­ploy­ment cost of tu­ition fee and stipend as per un­der­tak­ing signed with Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources. Fur­ther to make the pro­gram more ef­fec­tive the trainees will not be al­lowed to par­tic­i­pate in other pro­grams of the Min­istry in­clud­ing the over­seas em­ploy­ment pro­gram, di­rect em­ploy­ment, ATP, In­tern­ship.

Ad­dress­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony held on the 31st of De­cem­ber 2014 for the YES trainees at the In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Stud­ies on the early child­hood care and ped­a­gogy train­ing for teach­ing skills and strate­gies, the Di­rec­tor for Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources un­der the Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources Kin­ley Wangdi said that ‘Best job in the world is your job,’ there is noth­ing as best or big­gest job than your own job. There are five sea­sons (in­clud­ing the four sea­sons) in life- the fifth one is ‘un­ex­pected sea­son’- ex­pect the un­ex­pected as you are en­ter­ing the new world of work. All the Bhutanese trainees suc­cess­fully grad­u­ated the course. The train­ing ini­ti­ated as a part of YES pro­gram is first of its kind and a huge suc­cess to both the Min­istry and IMS.

In first phase, three Train­ing Providers namely In­sti­tute for Man­age­ment Stud­ies, Com­puter and Man­age­ment In­sti­tute and Bhutan In­ter­na­tional School of Hos­pi­tal­ity and Tourism were iden­ti­fied to im­ple­ment the YES pro­gram.

For the sec­ond phase, the Min­istry has al­ready in­vited Ex­pres­sion of In­ter­est from the Train­ing Providers to im­ple­ment Grad­u­ates Skills Pro­gram (GSP) and Youth Em­ploy­ment Skills (YES) pro­gram.

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