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March 23, 2019

Skilled workers, employments and job opportunities

  • By Khin Yadanar
  • Just after passing academic learning sector, acquisition of job opportunity is becoming a matter of importance for youths. According to the reports released by ILO, one of the most important factors to grasp such an opportunity is to be well qualified with working skillfully in employments. Myanmar is a country full of labor forces, and two thirds of the populace belongs to the workable group. For all of them to acquire job opportunities and to enjoy salaries, wages and benefits they deserve, there are still requirements to be done. Though abundance of laborers is an advantage, shortage of competent and efficient workers caused inability to acquire salaries, wages and benefits deserved, according to the forecasts of the experts.

Do sure things only!

U Win Naing, of JPE Everest Agency said, “Most youths are not well-convinced of what they want to become. Hobby and interest are more important than willingness. They should choose their own career starting from which ways and means they will use for their existence and survival. These days many youths tend to follow suit, attending classes as done by many. They are found to lack judgment in making own decisions concerning what to do and what not to do.
Presently, Yangon, Mandalay and all cities see private classes, basic and applied trainings and courses conducted by governmental departments for youths to acquire jobs and employments of great promises. Opening and graduation ceremonies of such trainings are ubiquitous, but sorrowfully enough, there is a rarity of examination and discovery of quality assessment of those who complete such trainings.

Good merits in skillful field

For emergence of skilled workers, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population is opening competency trainings. U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, director of the Ministry of LIP said, “Generally, skilled workers enjoy more opportunities than general workers. There are ranks depending upon their skills. To reach a status of a skilled worker in vocational spheres, they must undergo trainings in which basic trainings are being conducted and practical trainings. Another requirement is invention/innovations.
U Aung Htay Win, deputy director-general of Labor Directorate said that youths should their quality by working for the jobs interested, learning vocational trainings of great prospects in the coming decade and practicing jobs to get more skill.
Mr. Antonio Rinaldo of ILO Myanmar said, “One should not restrict one’s competency and skills. Occasionally, a worker needs to fulfill skills they need. Refresher courses and workshops are essential among workers. But weakness is being found in assessing as to whether these are effective, they are related to each other, those who complete trainings can have effective results in jobs. I think that there should be assessments as to whether courses and trainings being conducted are effective or not, so that they will become skilled laborers.”

In selecting employments

Job opportunities are increasing more than ever. Jobs can be found out through labor offices, media and social media. For this, anyone should have fulfilled skills needed, said by U Aung Htay Win.
So as to become internationally standardized skilled laborers and to acquire a good employment one should search for and make efforts step by step. In making assessments of one’s capacity qualities and skills of workers is generally assessed. With the advancement of skill success in jobs is great. So employers should give trainings adaptable to their employees. Simultaneously it should be reviewed quality and effectiveness of trainings. Later these years, trainings are becoming abundant but their results are unsatisfactory. Mr. Antonio Rinaldo added that workers should choose trainings which can bear fruits.
A leading participant in the discussion “youth and job opportunity” held on November 5 in Yangon reviewed that employments which give many job opportunities in Myanmar are experts on human resources, management jobs, sales and marketing and statistics personnel.

Grasp job opportunities through free vocational trainings

The Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population is opening schools for skill training for skill development of workers in Myanmar, under 1950 employment and training act. Now there are 5 schools like this in the country—basic welding course, air-conditioner repair works, basic electrical course, lathe and moldings works.
The 2013 Employment and Skill Development Law is believed to be reliable for the workers for their development. Meanwhile, Labour authorities have been conducting vocational training for the people in ethnic areas jointly with international organizations. On completion the trainings, the workers are ready to be examined for their vocational skills to get the certificates at four levels.
Vocational training is aimed at assisting Myanmar migrant workers, who are seeking job opportunities in ASEAN countries, as Myanmar is a part of the ASEAN economic community.
International Labour Organization’s survey showed that the demand is high for skilled labour in electronic field, carpenter, infrastructure, hotel and tourism, garment and social and human resource sector.

More than 30,000 jobs created in October, 2017

Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population created more than 30,000 jobs nationwide in October, 2017.
Meanwhile more than 15,557 Myanmar migrant workers officially accepted overseas jobs in seven countries in October, according to the figures released by the ministry.
More than 370 workers were officially sent to Malaysia; 30 to Singapore, 494 to the Republic of Korea, more than 14,200 to Thailand, nearly 400 to Japan, six to UAE and 5 to Carter.
Concerted efforts are being made by the ministry to create more employment opportunities for both domestic and overseas job hunters through a new online labour exchange management system, which serves as a bridge between employers and employees.

Translated by
Khin Maung Oo

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