K.N. Murali Sankar
Confidence levels of aspirants in Vijayawada low compared to their counterparts in Hyderabad
‘Job melas’ are now destination for both jobseekers and employers
Plans afoot to unveil training programmes soon
VIJAYAWADA: Despite successfully bringing together a good number of unemployed youth and employers in Krishna district, Rajiv Udyoga Sri (RUS), the State Government’s pet programme to generate large scale employment, is grappling with many challenges.
Ever since its formal launch in August 2007, most of the unemployed youth in the district have stopped making rounds to various offices in search of a placement, while the firms too are no longer thinking that placing an advertisement in a newspaper is the only proper way to find the right candidate.
For, the ‘job mela’ conducted every week at the Employment Exchange on the premises of Government ITI has become the destination for both the parties.
The job melas, which were being conducted in the district since May 2007, have been able to provide employment to 2,617 jobseekers and sharpen the soft skills of 276 unemployed youth by the end of February.
Another 476 job aspirants are presently participating in a skill development programme.
However, problems like non-availability of skilled manpower, mismatch between the expectations of employers and the unemployed and dropping out of candidates from training programmes are worrying the officials of the Department of Employment and Training.
“The basic problem is limited skills of candidates. They appear for interviews with only an academic qualification. A solution can be found if ITIs design short-term training courses and train job aspirants as per the market requirements,” says J.V.S. Sastry, regional manager of the Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), which operates ‘108’ ambulances.
Of the 150 employees at its local office, 75 have been selected through the job melas. “Job aspirants should change their mindset. Most of them expect a job locally and are not willing to move over to other places,” Mr. Sastry observes.
Though the officials have designed short-term courses and commenced training through some private institutes to overcome the problem of gap between the employers’ requirements and limited skills of the unemployed, dropout of candidates is posing a challenge to the trainers.
Training centres have been registering good attendance of selected candidates during the first week or two, and then begins the problem of candidates opting out of the training one after the other.
“The strength was 60 on the first day and it came down to 45 after a couple of weeks. Now, after three months, only 33 students have completed the course successfully,” says P. Anil Kumar, head of the local branch of Hyderabad-based XLNT Communications, the firm that trains youth in medical transcription. He observes that many unemployed candidates are not showing interest in signing a bond before joining a job, though it is a mandatory clause for getting some high-end jobs.
Some others who failed to understand the subject stopped attending the classes from the second week of training, he reveals.
There also appears to be problem of confidence levels of job aspirants in Vijayawada being low, as compared to that of their counterparts in places like Hyderabad. “Many students say they can’t complete the course, as it is new to them,” says A. Sandeep Reddy of C2C Communications, an institute that trains call centre executives. He feels the need for counselling before admitting the youth into a course. “Since all training programmes are free, many non-serious candidates too join them. Some refundable deposit can be collected to discourage such candidates,” Mr. Reddy opines.
Fine-tuning of skills
Agreeing that fine-tuning of skills is the need of the hour, Regional Employment Officer V. Himabindu says plans are afoot to unveil a bunch of training programmes soon.
“We can’t single out any reason for dropping out of candidates. Dropout of candidates doesn’t affect us financially, as we pay the training fee for only those candidates who secure jobs after successfully completing the training. If the aspirants are willing to work anywhere, they can grow fast in their careers,” she says.