The government priority for youth employment
The newly elected government accorded the highest priority in creating employment and livelihood opportunities for people and ensures that our youth have a decent job amongst the pledges.
The manifesto of the government stated that the government would establish an employment and livelihood corporation to employ, contract, create and manage employment in the country.
The manifesto stated that the government will prioritize and allot the highest investment in employment generation and livelihood programs.
“In the next five years, government will commit to investing more in generating employment and implementing livelihood programs to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend.”
Despite repeatedly acknowledging the need to address unemployment as a national emergency, there has been no long term targeted intervention nor investment. Towards this, the government pledges to organize a national multi-sectorial committee chaired by the Prime Minister to draw up a long-term plan of action to ensure employment and livelihood programs for all.
The government will guarantee credit, provide incentives, simplify processes and develop schemes to enable trained entrepreneurs to start businesses immediately, will establish an employment and livelihood corporation to ensure youth employment.
The government would establish an Employment and Livelihood Corporation to address unemployment issue in the country. As a corporate body, it will be tasked to recruit, create, contract and manage jobs and livelihood programs for youth.
It will sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with government agencies, corporates and private sector, including manufacturing and service industries to develop a system of announcing vacancies and subsequent placements. Similar agreements will be drawn with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and small and cottage industries.
The corporation will establish centres in major urban towns such as in Phuentsholing, Gelephug, Samdrupjongkhar and in regional centres like Trashigang, Bumthang, Samtse and Tsirang.
These centres will link job seekers to employers and livelihood opportunities and will ensure no one remains unemployed for more than a year.
According to the manifesto, the government will identify skills needs of the country and strengthen vocational institutes to create those skills and will do away with courses that are irrelevant and have no employment opportunities for graduates in the market. The courses will be reviewed periodically as per market demands.
To strengthen and improve quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country, the existing institutes will be upgraded with better facilities and equipment to match the best in the world.
Linkages will be established between TVET institutes and business houses to encourage learning through consultation, internship and exchange programs.
The manifesto also further stated that the government would create more jobs by investing in agriculture and manufacturing sectors and would provide all necessary support to build skills among our youth to take up jobs in the manufacturing industry.
The current apprenticeship program will be further expanded and all youth, who graduate from TVET, will be placed as apprentices in reputable firms in collaboration with the private sector by expanding apprenticeship program and institute guaranteed employment.
The government would reintroduce the national service program for all graduates to gain experience thereby will allow graduates to plan their careers accordingly. Graduates will be encouraged to work at local government levels, besides other government agencies and would ensure youth detained by law for substance abuse are considered for reformative measures by reviewing the policies that will enable youth to return as productive citizens into the mainstream society.
It also further stated that after tracking rate of inflation, cost of living, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and revise rates accordingly, the government pledges to increase the minimum daily wages to Nu.450 a day and also to review and amend overseas employment program to improve it.