Youth Employment Skills Program a success story
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.