Serpentine queues in front of the employment exchange will soon be history with the state labour, employment and training department planning recruitment drives for ITI certificate holders this month.
At present, job-seekers have to queue up to register their names at the employment exchange, but only a handful actually land placements. A majority opt for self-employment in the face of lack of opportunities.
With the start of the new financial year, the department has decided to organise two employment camps — at Dhanbad on April 22 and in Ranchi on April 23. The venues will be the employment exchange office in Dhanbad and the ITI ground in Hehal.
Notably the department has invited Hero Motocorp Ltd, which needs to fill 250 vacancies at its plant in Haridwar, for the recruitment camp where 2,000 certificate holders will vie for the 250 posts.
Speaking to The Telegraph, assistant director (employment) Satish Suman said the ITI certificate holders will be attending the camps as part of the recruitment drive. The most deserving candidates will be interviewed before being offered jobs by the company.
“We are trying our best to provide jobs to all the unemployed youths who are unable to find suitable openings due to lack of opportunities in the hinterland,” the assistant director said.
In the 2011-12 fiscal, the department provided employment to 24,000 job seekers and organised 28 employment camps and 25 job fairs. “This year, our target is to reach the maximum number of unemployed youths. In the upcoming camps, those selected will receive a stipend of Rs 7,000 per month while working as trainees,” Suman said.
The assistant director said this year, the department was hoping to reach out to a large number of unemployed youths at the sub-divisional level as well, after concentrating on the district level. “We had organised a job fair at Ghatshila on March 27 and similar programmes are lined up in other places too,” he said.