Special Correspondent

KANNUR: Labour Minister P.K. Gurudasan said here on Monday that the goal of vocational education was as much the moulding of an efficient labour force as the creation of more job opportunities.

Inaugurating a two-day job fair at the Government Industrial Technical Institute at Thottada, Mr. Gurudasan said job fairs and skilled fests were being conducted across the State. Vocational training institutes would account for 65 per cent of the labour force over the next 10 to 20 years, he said. He announced that skilled fests would be conducted in the district as well.

He said the women's ITI would be upgraded within a year. More number of posts of teachers would be created, he said adding that thousands of vacancies would be created in the vocational education sector over the next few years. The government was committed to building a highly skilled work force in the State. He said the government was planning to set up an institution to offer training in construction works.

Devaswom Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran presided. Edakkad grama panchayat president K.V. Lakshmanan was among those present.

As many as 2,050 job aspirants participated in Job Fair 2010 for 450 vacancies in 50 companies. The participants were mostly students who had completed training courses in the ITIs in Kannur and Kasaragod districts under the Industrial Training Department. The job fair was being conducted to facilitate the companies to recruit skilled hands in different sectors from one place. The majority of the job aspirants were trained in civil engineering at ITIs.