Shillong Job Fair: Creating opportunities for youth employment in Meghalaya       

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Don Bosco Tech Society in partnership with Meghalaya State Skills Development Society (MSSDS), Government of Meghalaya organized ‘Shillong Job Fair’ at the campus of Don Bosco Technical School on June 21-22, 2019 in Shillong, Meghalaya. Mr. Bhupesh Hajong, MCS (Executive Director, MSSDS) invited as Chief Guest, Mrs J. Lyngwa (Deputy Director, Employment Exchange, Govt. Meghalaya) and Fr. Edmund Gomes (Rector, Don Bosco Technical School. Shillong) as Guests of Honour to inaugurate the job fair.

Highlights of the Shillong job fair

  • Hiring managers of more than 30 companies met with 4200 young people at the job fair in Shillong.
  • With immediate job offers, the coalition also provided access to free skill training provided by MSSDS under ‘Supporting Human Capital Development’ in Meghalaya

Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, Mr. Hajong, the Chief Guest, spoke in-depth about the significance of skill development. He put focus on the necessity for the youth of the Meghalaya to make informed choice about their career path so as to achieve success in their lives.

don_bosco_tech_society_and_meghalalya_mssds_job_fairThe Guests of Honour, Mrs Lyngwa encouraged the youth to take advantage of the Job Fair where they have the unique opportunity to meet employers from different sectors and industries.

Addressing the gathering, Fr Edmund shared about the life of Don Bosco for the service of youth and also highlighted the objective and mission of Salesians towards youth empowerment through short-term skills. Fr. Edmund Gomes reminded the young participants that the purpose of the Job Fair was to encourage them to work hard and achieve success.

Hiring managers from more than 30 companies, including, Apollo Proton Hospital, Just Dial, Bharti AXA Life Insurance, Speed Wings Aviation, Safexpress, Jetex, Devyani International, Sodexo, ICICI Bank, Barbeque Nation and more, met with over 4200 young people of age group 18-35 years, who are disconnected from school and employment – to meaningful job opportunities and resources. Employers from Logistics, Tourism & Hospitality, IT& ITeS, Health Care, Security, Aviation and Beauty & Wellness Sectors attended the job fair for selecting the deserved youth for different job roles. Many participants received on-the-spot job offer from the employers.

shillong_job_fair_-_creating_opportunities_for_youth_employment_in_meghalayaIn addition to immediate job offers, the coalition provided access to free skill training provided by MSSDS under ‘Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya’ in which Don Bosco Tech is a implementing partner to impart skill training in service sectors to the unemployed youth of Meghalaya. Don Bosco Tech made an attempt to provide placement of trained candidates in different domains, who have not taken-up any placement opportunity due to various reasons. In addition they also conducted a mobilization drive.

Providing a young person with the opportunity for a job directs a path to a fulfilling career. Govt of Meghalaya is helping the youth with youth empowerment programs like SHCDM in different market-driven and native trades. As a responsible implementing agency, we are building on that success with a pledge to impart skill training to 7000 young people with employment opportunities. Together, we are opening new doors of possibilities for the next generation.

Skills development is now a national priority and India has a long way to go in comprehending the benefits of its demographic dividend. As a leader in skill development sector, Don Bosco Tech always gives a platform to launch underprivileged youth into the dignified and optimistic future they deserve.

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