The 15th national job fair held on Thursday and Friday offered 2,205 vacancies, 833 training opportunities in country and 1,421 overseas training opportunities.
Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay attended the fair organized by the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources at Changlimithang.
Lyonchhen said that the job fair is a depiction of the priority the government places on employing youths.
“With the investment in welfare education fostered by the development policies and plans initiated by our Monarchs, the youths must with high regard, work hard and invest in jobs available at hand,” said Lyonchhen.
He also exemplified on the entrepreneurial opportunities arising in the country.
The Prime Minster also met with the visiting Bhutanese youth to discuss employment opportunities through farm mechanization and on how to enhance the productive use of land through the land Use Right System (URS).
This year, a total of 53 exhibitors from private, corporate and government sectors, including participants from overseas offered 4,459 vacancies and training opportunities. The training opportunities are in management, tourism sector, technology, and technical trainings.
Lyonchhen also launched the labor ministry’s Bhutan JobSearch App to provide information on all available jobs including overseas vacancies in a single app so that the job seekers do not have to hop from one website to another looking for job vacancies relevant to them.
However, a 2015 graduate from India, Pema Lhazom was not happy with the vacancies announced. “Though there were so many vacancies none were related to my studies,” she said, disappointed.
Anther job seeker, Norbu Gyeltshen was glad to know about the Bhutan JobSearch App. “I have been running around looking for jobs but now with this app, we can update ourselves on various vacancy announcements from anywhere, anytime.”
According to the Department of Employment and Human Resources’ Director General, Sherab Tenzin, as a result of free education granted by the Royal Government, unemployment among educated youth has been a source of concern.
“Some of the likely reasons cited for existence of unemployment of among educated youth are mismatch of jobs and skills, youth’s aspirations and attitude to blue collar jobs and strong joint family structure. Lack of jobs or want of opportunities is not one of the reasons,” he said.
Sherab Tenzin further stated that over 25,000 youth have benefited from the ministry’s programs during the past five years. “We are particularly excited to report that placing 500 youth in Japan in 2017 represents a major breakthrough in finding a new overseas destination for our youth.”
“We have just been informed that our IT graduates placed in Japan will soon be working in sophisticated high-tech industries, developing robots and artificial intelligence,” added the Director General.
Pema Seldon from Thimphu