Two days na­tional job fair ends

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More than thou­sands of job seek­ers flocked to the Changlingmithang park­ing for the 13th na­tional job fair last Thurs­day. More than 41 agen­cies across the coun­try have taken part in the job fair with 3000 job va­can­cies be­ing floated for the youth. The em­ploy­ing agen­cies have taken ini­tia­tive to em­ploy youth dur­ing the two day fair.

Themed “Be em­ployed, be pro­duc­tive and use­ful”, 13th na­tional job fair was or­ga­nized by the De­part­ment of Em­ploy­ment un­der Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources. More than 1000 job seek­ers have reg­is­tered with dif­fer­ent agen­cies for em­ploy- ment dur­ing the two days.

Labour min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Ngeema San­gay Tshempo who in­au­gu­rated the fair ad­vised the un­em­ployed youths to kindly take up jobs to en­hance knowl­edge and to gain ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The over­all goal in the 11th FYP is to achieve full, pro­duc­tive, gain­ful and de­cent em­ploy­ment for the peo­ple of Bhutan which will drive the com­pany to­wards achiev­ing high lev­els of hu­man de­vel­op­ment and con­trib­ute to the max­i­miza­tion of GNH. Our gov­ern­ment’s pledge was that we would achieve full em­ploy­ment by pro­vid­ing jobs to all those will­ing to work,” Ly­onpo said.

Ly­onpo fur­ther added that the ra­tio­nale be­hind or­ga­niz­ing job fair is to pro­vide a com­mon plat­form for the em­ploy­ers and job­seek­ers to in­ter­act and en­able on the spot re­cruit­ment se­lec­tion for the time and cost ef­fec­tive­ness.

While ad­dress­ing the crowd, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral for De­part­ment of em­ploy­ment Sherub Ten­zin said that the over­seas pro­gram is only an in­terim mea­sure to help over­come un­em­ploy­ment prob­lems in the short term. He said with the grow­ing num­bers of large hy­dropower projects in the pipe­line and growth of in­dus­tries, trade and com­merce will gen­er­ate thou­sands of jobs.

Rais­ing the re­cent is­sues on un­paid Bhutanese in Qatar the Di­rec­tor –Gen­eral said that it is im­por­tant ev­i­dent from the mas­sive to this re­sponse of youth pro­gram that there are many good things hap­pen­ing. But over­seas place­ment is not with­out chal­lenges. The most re­cent case is the re­port of a com­pany in Qatar that did not pay salary on time. This is an im­por­tant les­son for us.

“We would like to re­as­sure that the Min­istry is tak­ing this re­port se­ri­ously and pos­si­ble mea­sures are be­ing taken to re­solve and pre­vent re­oc­cur­rence,’’ the Di­rec­tor – Gen­eral added.

One of the job­seek­ers, Sonam said that these days it’s not easy to get a job and that one have to keep try­ing.

The job fair is an op- por­tu­nity for job seek­ers to un­der­stand the job mar­ket and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties both within and out­side the coun­try.

Ro­bust ini­tia­tive is taken by De­part­ment of Em­ploy­ment in skilling de­vel­op­ment in con­struc­tion to curb un­em­ploy­ment in our coun­try. The agen­cies who has taken part in job fair to help reg­is­tra­tion and also to guide through­out the place­ment pro­ce­dures and to help by giv­ing all in­for­ma­tion on job va­can­cies. Their main ob­jec­tive is to as­sist all job seek­ers be­ing re­cruited. The fair was a unique event for com­pa­nies that meet large num­ber of job­seek­ers.

The job fair ended last Fri­day.

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