New Delhi: PP Mitra, Principal Labour and Employment Advisor and DG (Employment), Ministry of Labour and Employment signed 8 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) here today with leading organizations engaged in employment and career-related activities in the presence of Bandaru Dattatreya, MoS (IC), Labour and Employment.
Speaking on the occasion, Dattatreya called upon the industry to come forward and take advantage of the National Career Service (NCS) portal for getting skilled workforce. Referring to the MoUs, he said that the partnership would provide a transparent and credible platform and would save both employers and job seekers from possible fraudulent practices.
The minister said that government had taken this bold new initiative to link all the employment exchanges on a national platform so that more and more jobs could be accessed by youth. Emphasizing generation of employment opportunities, the government had decided to transform employment exchanges to career centres that would offer counselling and guidance to the youth, he added.
Employment opportunities being a national priority, it is also equally important to provide information on jobs to the teeming and aspiring population. The NCS is therefore partnering with organizations operating in various domains. ISF (Indian Staffing Federation) will facilitate quality jobs to be made available on the NCS from leading private placement organizations. Uber will provide micro-entrepreneurship opportunities to drivers who register on the NCS portal as Local Service Providers. Monster.comr, Quik Jobsr, Tech Mahindra (Saral Rozgar), Babajob.com will offer jobs opportunities to NCS registered users. “Get Ahead Fast” will provide career guidance to youth through multimedia content from industry leaders. India Old Age will meet the requirements of industry for retired and experienced professionals who are available for work.
Secretary at the ministry Shankar Agarwal said that the NCS had been implemented to act as an integrated platform for all key stakeholders like industry, central government, state government, PSUs etc to join hands in realizing India’s aspirations of becoming a globally competitive workforce. This IT-enabled platform will provide credible information to and from job provider and job seeker about each other. These MoUs are only the first step in this journey and we look forward to more such strategic partnerships.
Earlier in his welcome address, the principal labour and economic advisor, PP Mitra said that the (NCS), an enabling platform for job providers and job seekers, was being leveraged to guide youth for making the right career choice and position India to meet the global demand for skilled workforce.”
The National Career Service initiative was launched in 2015 as an ICT based platform for providing employment services to public at this URL. A multilingual, toll-free helpline 1800-425-1514 is also operational to help job seekers.
The government has also launched missions like Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Start-up India etc to boost the economy as well as generate large employment opportunities for youth. The NCS aims to meet the aspirations of the country’s youth for jobs with the industry demand and has evolved a policy for entering into partnerships with leading organisations.
These strategic interventions are expected to enhance career and employment opportunities, offer counselling and guidance for career development, focus on decent employment, enhance female labour force participation, encourage entrepreneurial endeavors, focus on inclusive growth initiatives, facilitate transition of workforce from informal to formal sectors, engage with rural workforce for higher productivity, facilitate re-employment (second-life) opportunities for returning and retired workforce etc.