EMPLOYMENT FOR EMPOWERMENT

Every year, millions of young people join the labor force in South Asia, but many of them lack the skills required for jobs. With almost half of the region's population of about 1.8 billion people under the age of 24, South Asia has one of the biggest youth labour forces in the world. Nonetheless, many of them lack the qualifications and expertise needed to pursue well-paying jobs. According to a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) report, about 54 percent of young people in the country leave school without the skills they need.

This suggests that higher GDP growth will be faced by South Asian nations, and many women and men will not have an economic incentive to participate. We continue to try to make a difference and partner with public and private institutions to boost young people's standards of schooling and skills.

The biggest problem facing the region's policymakers is seeking well-paying jobs for these residents. However, this calls for an improvement of the education sector, particularly colleges, where many children do not develop the skills they need for their future. If we don't take proper steps to fix this issue, this generation will fail.

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore in an interview stated that young people, especially when it comes to what they're studying in school, face a lot of uncertainty and dissatisfaction. We've got to change it. All of them face career development challenges as well. So we need to meet any young person to help them with work and with career advice. She added that productivity and economic development in this region of the world would fall if it is neglected. If only half of the youth population has the skills required to work, that means that only half of the young people of a country become contributing and effective members of society. When half of the population loses the ability to read, write and do math, one does not have an economically well-off community. For culture and the economy, it would have negative implications.

Bangladesh is a country where the population is young. At present, 20 percent of Bangladesh's overall population is in the 15-24 age range. This generational dividend is a window of chance to boost the nation's economic growth. A large working population ensures that the community will be more productive collectively if decent job options are open, since more individuals add to overall economic activity. Around the same time, the desire to engage in youth is also generated to equip them with the skills they need to succeed in the job market as per the country report generated by UNICEF.

So the main question is, “Where can the jobs be created?”. Alongside with many sectors such as, Overseas employment and migration, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Readymade Garments (RMG) industry, Agro-processing industry, Telecommunication, Healthcare Services, another sector is open to the skillful youth which is IT-enabled Services. For unemployed young people in Bangladesh, freelance jobs in the IT sector have emerged as an acceptable career choice. According to data from Bangladesh's ICT division, out of the country's 650,000 registered free-lancers, about 500,000 active freelancers actively operate and produce USD 100 million annually.

Challenges:

Professional and vocational training is highly undervalued in Bangladesh, considering the growing relevance of modern technical skills in both the global and national economies. It is important to establish a good brand of ability growth training such that it is viewed at par with general school and college education. To ensure greater youth engagement, it is crucial to develop society's confidence in skills training.

Education of cognitive and non-cognitive/soft skills is largely absent in Leadership skills, problem-solving ability, team work, critical thinking and leadership skills have been recognised as essential skills needed by employers in Bangladesh. Soft skills for employees in low and middle-income countries have also been correlated with pay premiums. An enterprise-based survey has also established that employers in Bangladesh have prioritized soft skills over cognitive skills (World Bank, 2013). Training to improve these abilities is, however, unusual and uneven in consistency.

What we are doing:

Manob America has always been working towards economic growth and unemployment problems besides everything else. We have a strong tech team which is focused on creating a free of cost learning platform and providing IT jobs for the skillful youth across the south Asian countries like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Cambodia and so on. Our main target is to collaborate with IT companies and support them with our trained employees as well as IT services. We always welcome bloggers, content creators, web developers to join with us in this great cause. Our target is to provide 1000 unemployed freshers with rightful job from diverse backgrounds to support their living. Manob team is eager to empower the youth with employment opportunities.