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Jobs for 100,000 unskilled youth

Applications called till February 15:
Seventh month training course:

The Government’s ambitious programme to mobilise the country’s cohort of unskilled youth has got under way with the announcement of implementation mechanism yesterday.

All recruits to the proposed ‘Multi-Purpose Development Task Force’ will be absorbed into the permanent cadre of the public service from October 1 following a seven-month training programme, the President’s Media Office said in a press release yesterday.

The Government has called for applications from the unemployed youth between 18-45 years, who have educational qualifications below the ordinary level, for the establishment of the task force.

The initiative aims to recruit 100,000 low income youth to fill many unskilled employment opportunities in Government and affiliated institutions.

All of them will be entitled to a monthly allowance of Rs. 22,500 during the training period. Those who complete the training successfully will be recruited into the permanent cadre and will also be entitled for pension.

The draft application form was published in newspapers on January 20. The duly filled applications must be handed over to the Grama Niladhari Officer in the relevant area before February 15.

The Grama Niladhari Officers are required to forward the applications to the Divisional Secretary by February 20 after certifying the details.

Secretary to the President Dr.P. B. Jayasundara, in the release said that certifying false information could lead to disciplinary action. The interviews for recruitment will be held within five days from February 26 at the Divisional Secretariats or a public place named by the Divisional Secretary. The interviewees are encouraged to present a certificate obtained by the Grama Niladhari Officer and other relevant documents during the interview.

The training for the successful candidates will commence on March 3. The Government will create a labour pool to implement the project.“The recruits will not be detached from their families and they will be given appointments in the same area where they are resided or in close proximity to that. They will also get foreign employment opportunities later based on their satisfactory service, excellent performance and discipline,” the press release added.

The programme was initiated based on a concept of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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