Myanmar

First-ever Career Market Place takes place in Rakhine State

Hundreds of young people visited the first-ever Career Market Place of Myanmar's Rakhine State. The ILO was among the many training providers to showcase their opportunities and draw attention to the increased demand for skilled young people who are looking for jobs in the region.

News | 07 December 2018
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Sittwe (ILO News) - 600 young people from Rakhine State visited the first Career Market Place ever organized in this region. Held in Rakhine's capital Sittwe on the weekend of 7-8 December 2018 and organized by GIZ in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (MoLIP), the event gave the youth an opportunity to get acquainted with training opportunities for their future careers and their chances in the job market.

20 training providers including GIZ, ILO, IOM, DRC, NRC, LWF as well as several local organizations from Rakhine and private companies used the Career Market Place to showcase their opportunities and draw attention to the increased demand for skilled young people who are looking for jobs in Sittwe and the rest of Rakhine State.

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At the event, the Rakhine Labour Exchange Office issued 200 labour cards to young people which increases their opportunities to find a job.

Peter Bellen, Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO Skills Development Project in Rakhine State, was excited about the good turnout of youth during the Career Market Place: "This is collective effort of the Rakhine State TVET Coordination Group members, co-chaired by ILO and GIZ. It was designed by the group to communicate to and help increase the awareness of the government and the communities in Rakhine State of the various activities and investments around skills development, employment and job creation from the side of UN and Bilateral Agencies as wells INGOs and private sectors."

Bellen also said that this pilot version of the Career Market Place was meant to "build synergies and meaningfully interact with the private sector – thereby narrowing the gaps and mismatch in the labour market, driving employability levels to higher stage." He added that "through its LIFT-supported Skills Development Project in Rakhine, ILO’s primary concern here is to support the State Government devise inclusive TVET policies that foster social cohesion leading to productive employment and poverty reduction".

Various training providers at the Career Market Place also showed trainings provided in IDP camps and villages with movement restrictions for Rohingya and other minorities in Rakhine.

For further information, please contact:

Peter Bellen, Chief Technical Adviser of the ILO Skills Development Project in Rakhine State – bellen@ilo.org