The Business Standard, Praveen Bose, September 15, 2009
Karnataka claims to have gone far ahead of other states when it came to using job fairsand helping job-seekers find jobs. It is part of the Centre’s efforts to promote job creation through the development of skills and promoting employment.The state has held eight job fairs as part of the programme. It has held job fairs inBangalore, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Mysore among other cities.
The state has created a special purpose vehicle, Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC), with the objective to create employable skilled manpower, headed by an executive director. Till now, 695 employers have taken part and 129,000 job seekers have registered. This is a platform for employers and jobseekers.
Candidates who have enrolled have to appear for a 45-minute test, later directly meet the employers who have set up their stall at the fair. The employers too assess the candidates and issue appointment orders to the selected candidates. The test results and the employer’s assessment will be matched to assess the skills of the candidates.
This helps identify the interests, abilities and personalities of the candidates and suggest
to them a career that suits them.If a candidate is found lacking a skill which holds him from getting recruited, then he/sheis sent in for the requisite training. Karnataka has roped in 23 partners from different sectors for implementing the project. Some of them help assess and some others also assess and also help fill the skill gaps through training.