Tura, Feb. 3: Meghalaya’s labour minister Ampareen Lyngdoh today assured the youths that the government is committed to accelerating employment and skill development.
“Dearth of vocational and technical education leading to skill mismatch in the job market is the main reason for unemployment among educated youths,” she said.
Ampareen told a gathering here that bridging the gap has been identified as a major challenge for employment generation. “The Meghalaya government has designed a broad strategy for employment in the Twelfth Plan with focus on manufacturing sector making it an engine of growth.”
Stressing the government’s initiative to improve employment generation in the state, she said: “Youths have to take full opportunity of various programmes and upgrade their knowledge on various broad subjects.” Ampareen was here to inaugurate a two-day skill fest for the five districts of Garo hills.
During the fest, various empanelled training partners of the department of labour, Shillong, and placement-linked vocational training partners will spread awareness on various training courses being offered by the government.
Skill-development training will be offered for selected candidates in the fest for courses on call centres. There will also be certificate courses on banking and financial services, insurance, customer relationship management, data entry, food and beverage services, flight attendant and ground staff, front desk management, grooming and skills for hospitality, healthcare, housekeeping, BPO and IT among others.
The fest aims to select nearly 10,000 candidates for job-guaranteed short-term courses.
Ampareen told this correspondent that “successful candidates would be given job placements with a remuneration of Rs 6,000 plus within Meghalaya and Rs 8,000 plus for outside the state”.
On a query on safety and security of selected candidates working outside the state, she said: “Arrangements will be made on the issue and we will keep track on the candidates for a period of one year.”