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First YES program receives positive feedback

A total of 197 have been trained for employment in the last four months

Employment: A total of 68 participants completed their four months training on Wednesday under the youth employment skills (YES) programme, which is a part of guaranteed employment programme.

Early childhood care and development (ECCD) and pedagogy, teaching skills and strategies were the two types of training provided to the participants comprising of class X, XII and university graduates. Under the ECCD, a total of 37 candidates were trained to help children aged five and below at day care centers.

Chief programme officer with the ministry of education, Karma Choden, said the participants are now equipped with the knowledge and skills to handle toddlers and help in their holistic development. “The success of the program was beyond our expectation,” she said.

Programme coordinator of ECCD and a visiting faculty for institute of management studies (IMS), Karma Pedey said the children would be in good hands. “Although the participants are all young but they are professional when it comes to work,” she said. “I’m confident with this enthusiastic group of candidates.”

In the pedagogy, teaching skills and strategies training, 31 university and class XII graduates were trained. They were trained on teaching skills, strategies and assessments and also given practical lessons through on-the-job (OJT) training in various private schools in the country.

Head of research and consultancy with IMS, Tandin Dorji, said the feedback they received on the candidates from the schools were positive. “The training was a big success and I am impressed with them after I saw the demo-lessons they presented in the class,” he said.

Officials from IMS conducted a Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) to assess occupations leading to employment post-training. The study found that most private schools lacked trained teachers. Based on the appraisal, the department of human resources supported the training financially.

Programme officer with the department of human resources, Jit Bdr Bhandari said the training was conducted to reduce youth unemployment. “The training institute will help employ these 68 candidates in different schools and day care centers across the country,” he said.

The ministry provided the participants with a monthly stipend of Nu 1,500 for four months. The total investment on the programme was Nu 4,148,000. About Nu 61,000 was spent on each trainee. The budget is from the Economic Stimulus Plan.

A total of 30 ECCD and 10 pedagogy, teaching skills and strategies trainees are already employed. Jit Bdr Bhandari said IMS is responsible for the employment of the remaining candidates within three months after the training.

Meanwhile, under the same program, another group of 129 students completed their four months training on hospitality and management from the Bhutan Institute of School Hospitality and Tourism (BISHT) at Taba yesterday.

They were trained in cooking, housekeeping, front office, bakery and food and beverage along with hands-on experience through OJT trainings in various hotels in the last four months. The proprietor of BISHT said the institute has employed almost 60 percent of the trainees at different hotels in the country.

Labour secretary Pema Wangda said that in order to get a job, an individual must be equipped with skills and experience. “Sky is the limit for those who have intelligence and skills,” he said. “We must work together to curb youth unemployment in the country.”

According to labour officials, YES is a skills development program targeted towards youth to equip them for gainful employment and sustainable livelihood.

By Younten Tshedup

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