Creating a bridge between job seekers and employers is a task performed by any well designed job portal. What this sort of portals sometimes lack is a holistic approach of getting the unemployed youths a job that dovetails with their skill.
A new portal, dubbed as “Skills Portal” (skills.gov.bd) is there to fill the gap. Developed by the Access to Information (a2i) program of the Prime Minister’s office, this new portal is designed to become a meeting place for the industrial recruiter, skilled trainers and the job seekers.
Talking about the portal, Project Director of a2i Md. Mustafizur Rahman said, there are three stakeholders of the portal: industrial establishments, skill development organizations and unemployed men and women.
Through this portal the industrial organizations notify their skills requirement. “For example, if any steel company needs someone with the skill of light engineering, they can post the requirement in the skill portal. The portal will then work as a match maker,’ said Rahman.
He said not only the employers, any organization who works in developing and providing training skills—suppose, here in this case, an organization providing light engineering skills—can post in the portal about the training programs they conduct.
“And finally the job seekers can get benefitted by this portal by finding the right kind of job as per their skill. For example, a person with light engineering skills and certification can get job as well as further training from this portal,” said Rahman.
For the newbie, Rahman said there will be information about apprentice recruitment process, standard technical trades, and various opportunities in the portal.
Besides, the portal includes the names of the apprentice recruiting industries, number of position, eligibility and skill development log book, requirement of different technical and vocational training, training related information, application of training and the methods of employment after training.
“There is no alternative to develop skilled manpower and ensure proper employment to implement the Vision 2041 of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, “ said Rahman adding: in order to successfully implement the apprenticeship program across the country, coordinated efforts of different ministries, departments, industries, skill development organizations and development partners are needed.”
Talking with The Independent, Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan, Director General of Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training said, Bangladesh has a labor force of 79 percent. The labor force is growing at a rate of 2.2 percent, which means every year, 1.8 million new labor forces are coming into the labor market, he said.
Bhuiyan said, every year only 1.2 million youths are being trained by government operated skills development training agencies. The rest of the forces fall in NEET (Not in Education, Employment and Training).
“Education and training centers however failed to provide skilled workers according to the demand of the local industries and international job markets. Presently there is a huge communication and coordination gap existing between employers and skills development agencies. To remove this, the Skills Portal enters into the scene,”
Mustafa Jabbar, Minister of Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology told The Independent, “Bangladesh is gradually heading towards the industrial economy from the agricultural one. This has resulted in many changes in demand for skills. There was a lack of coordination between various departments and agencies before, meeting the new skill demand in line with the new technologies.”
“As the Skills Portal brings all skill development activities under its online platform, lack of coordination is past. I hope that all the industries and partner organizations involved in skill development will continue to cooperate to make Skills Portal more advanced and consolidated,” he said.