The gov­ern­ment pri­or­ity for youth em­ploy­ment

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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