The Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MOLHR) is initiating a Youth Employment Skills Initiative (YES) program with the slogan “Get Skilled for Work and Life”.
YES is a skills development program targeted towards youth for gainful employment and sustainable livelihood. According to MoLHR, YES will operate under the Guarantee Employment Schemes (GES) supported by Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP) from 2014 to 2018.
The Assistant Program Officer, HRDD, DHR, Jit Bahadur Bhandari, said the courses will start from September 1. He said employment is guaranteed after the training. “The employment will be given by respective training providers. The training providers have identified the vacancies where these job seekers are needed,” he added.
MoLHR will be training the youth in institutes, like the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) and Bhutan International School of Hospitality and Tourism. The trainees will gain skills through institute-based training and on-the- job training, and eventually to be employed in the sectors outside the civil service system, mainly in the private sector.
YES is implemented in partnership with various registered local training providers in the country. The training providers also carried out a rapid market appraisal to assess occupations leading to employment post-training. YES is also targeted to meet the human resource requirement in the private sector.
YES plans to train and employ 400 job seekers every year. The first phase of YES program has been initiated for the trades, like tally accountants with 25 slots, sales executives with 25 slots, front office with 25 slots, and house keeping with 25 slots.
There are also 30 slots for food and beverages, bakery has opening for 15 slots, commercial cooking with 30 slots, early childhood care and development with 37 slots and 23 slots for teaching, pedagogy skills.
Under the banner “Get Skilled for Work and Life”, HRDD will be initiating and implementing other skills training program, like GSP (Graduates Skills Program) and SEED (Skills for Employment and Entrepreneur Development) geared towards employment.