Five Employment Information Centres to be strengthened

Kathmandu, September 20

In a bid to establish match-making between job-seekers and employers, the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) has started strengthening five Employment Information Centres (EICs).

EICs have been set up in all the 14 zonal labour offices across the country. However, service delivery from these centres has been ineffective due to lack of human resources and other required infrastructure.

Against this backdrop, the Ministry of Labour and Employment  has been strengthening five EICs — one in each region — so that job-seekers can easily get information related to jobs, while the employers can also contact a job-seeker as per the requirement of their firms.

According to Jeevan Kumar Rai, undersecretary at the Employment and Labour Coordination Division under MoLE, EICs of Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Butwal, Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi are currently being strengthened under the support of Korean International Cooperation Agency.

The International Labour Organisation — a United Nations agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all — has been providing technical expertise to the EICs that are being strengthened.

The Employment Information Centres will collect the information of job-seekers, including their skill sets. A job-seeker can fill up the form that is provided by the respective EIC and the Employment Information Centre will upload the information of the job-seeker to the website. From there, the employer can contact the person, who meets their set criteria.

At the same time, the EICs also collect data of the job demand from the business firms, industries and construction sector, among others, within the region and post them on the website.

The job-seeker himself or herself can contact the particular firm to apply for the job, according to Rai.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment   says it aims to strengthen all the remaining EICs in the near future after the upgradation of the aforementioned five Employment Information Centres in the five regions of the country.