Graduates Skill Program to begin this month

The Graduates Skill Program (GSP) will be implemented with effect from October under Guarantee Employment Scheme (GES) supported by Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP).

The GSP will be implemented by Human Resource Development (HRDD) of the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources in partnership with various registered training providers in the country.

“After the training employment opportunity is guaranteed and if training providers cannot provide employment to the trainees after the training then the ministry will not pay the course fee,” said Jigme Wangchuk who is the program officer, HRDD, MoLHR.

He said the ministry will pay the course fee and the monthly stipend of Nu 1,500 to the trainees for four to six months depending upon the training.

He added that training providers should provide jobs to trainees within one to two months after the training. The trainees will be placed with the employment providers for two years and if trainees cannot stay for two years then the trainees must refund the money.

The objective of the GSP is to provide skills required to foster meaningful and gainful employment of graduate job seekers through self-employment or employment in the existing industries. It will foster the establishment for new viable business in the country and to meet the critical HR requirement of skilled graduate workforce.

The GSP will also work towards enabling a graduate trainee to set up their own businesses post-training with support from Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC). The training will provide skills, such as people, money and business management besides the core skills.

The ministry also plans to train and employ 100-200 graduate jobs seekers every year through the program. Under the first phase of GSP, Bhutan School of Management and Technology, Thimphu will offer courses, like mobile application development, construction management services and interior and furniture design for four months. The Athang Training Academy will offer software/ application development course for six months.

The Rigsum Institute of IT and Management will offer courses, like mobile repairing, computer hardware and accounts officer for six months. The Computer and Management Institute, Phuentsholing will offer courses, like accounts officer for six months and the Nyenjor Institute of Technical Skills and Human Value, Gelephu will offer construction management supervisor course for four months.

The training will be implemented during the 11th FYP period with funding support under Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP).

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