15 Jan 2022  |   06:48am IST

Industry wants govt backing to generate more jobs to State youth

Industry wants govt backing to generate more jobs to State youth

Team Herald 


PANJIM:  When it comes to job creation, all look forward to either the government or the industry. Industries associations are also playing a key role in making the job seeking candidates “industry ready” by providing training. 

In Goa, industries association like the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) took the lead by establishing the Model Career Centre in Goa in February 2021 in collaboration with Government of Goa’s Employment Exchange. 

“The CII established the Model Career Centre in Goa in February 2021 in collaboration with Government of Goa, Employment Exchange. In the last year, the CII MCC Goa has had a huge impact on the youth of the State and has counselled over 8000 youth on available career opportunities. A large number of vacancies have been brought by CII MCC from various industries to enable the youth of Goa towards a fulfilling youth careers,” said Atul Jadhav, Chairman, CII Goa. 

He further added that in addition the CII MCC has reached out to over more than 50 educational institutions to sensitise students on career pathways and options. The CII MCC is working with a goal to ensure that as many youth of Goa get the best opportunities to follow fulfilling careers.

President of Goa Chambers of Commerce and Industries (GCCI) Ralph De Sousa is of the opinion that a major area focussed for GCCI is job creation. 

“We have observed that the employability factor of students graduating out in Goa is low as the technology is upgrading fast. The curriculum does not match up. Hence, it was essential that training in the latest software be given to these students not only in engineering but also for core fields like MSc and BSc,” said Ralph De Sousa. 

He further stated that the GCCI members were ready to support with the faculty and job opportunities to competent persons. 

One more area, the GCCI is working is in the food processing sector. With restart of mining under suspense and tourism affected by COVID-19 pandemic, the industry is looking at food processing in Goa. “Youngsters have taken to it but there is again lack of trained staff. The government polytechnic had a four-year course on food technology which has been discontinued. The GCCI has been trying to revive the same,” said Ralph. 

The GCCI has also initiated a “skill gap report” in association with Goa Institute of Management. This report is currently work-in-progress stage and will be presented to the government on its completion.


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