Meant to be cutting edge, but yet to cut teeth

Meant to be cutting edge, but yet to cut teeth

One of them is Somashekhar, a graduate who has got a job in a BPO company. Although the job is in his hands, he has to still undergo skill training for spoken English and interview.
“I learnt about KEC through newspapers and came here to increase my chances of employment. It has been one week and for the next three months, I will have to juggle between training and job,” he said.  

KEC was opened last year by Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC), in partnership with staffing solutions company TeamLease. KEC is the country’s first employment exchange with private participation.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Abhishek Verma, National Head of TeamLease, said most of the candidates want a job immediately and do not wish to undergo training. Many candidates do not possess basic skills and need to undergo skill training, he added.

2.29 lakh employed

Inaugurating the anniversary event on Thursday, Labour Minister B N Bache Gowda said till date in the various job fairs organised by KVTSDC, 3.59 lakh candidates had participated, out of which 2.29 lakh had been employed.

“One of the reasons why unemployment persists is lack of information as most candidates do not know where and how to apply for jobs. KEC will act like a mediator in assessing, counselling, training and placing these candidates as per their employability,” he said.

Manish Sabharwal, chairman of TeamLease, said that unemployability was a bigger challenge than unemployment. A large percentage of candidates do not get jobs due to lack of skills, he added.

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