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Members of Parliament attends presentation and consultative meeting with MoLHR on “Youth Skills Development program”

Posted on :13 January 2022

Members of the National Assembly led by Hon’ble Speaker attended a presentation on the “Youth Skills Development Program” by the Department of Technical Education, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) today. The Opposition Leader also attended the presentation. The presentation was followed by a consultative meeting. The presentation was aimed to introduce and share information on the MoLHR’s skilling program and to exchange views and strategies with the Members of Parliament. It was also expected that as representatives of the people, the MPs would disseminate information on the skilling program during their constituency visits. 

The presentation highlighted information on two programs; Skills Development Program (SDP) and the Build Bhutan Project (BBP). SDP was initiated to provide flexible, responsive and innovative training approaches and modalities to build a resilient Bhutan post-COVID-19 pandemic. The House was informed that under SDP, there are 108 training areas covering nine economic sectors; agriculture, construction, manufacturing, business and services, creative art and design, power and renewable energy, computing and IT, electrical, electronic and mechanical, and tourism and hospitality. The presentation included information on partner Institutions and agencies, training modality, SDP support package, and post-skills training support among others. The Members were also informed of the implementation status of the Build Bhutan Project (BBP) and the plan for 2021-22. 

The presentation was followed by an interactive session. The Hon’ble Members expressed their serious concern on the increasing rate of unemployment and that there has to be a major approach shift even if it needs to do away with some of the recurrent expenses such as travel. They had hoped on Build Bhutan Project but that too couldn’t achieve much. Provision of incentive packages, exploration of corporate business models, mechanization of labor-intensive work, focus on making youth employable, change of mindset, and need for more research were pointed out. 

The working environment especially in the construction sector, the monetary incentives, social perception, parental guidance for white-collar jobs are the three key obstacles to making youth employable and employment. 

The Hon’ble Speaker said that youth unemployment has always been a concern for the Parliamentarians.


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