New productive employment program to allow young people to get first working profession for free

10 January 2017, 11:28

New productive employment development program and mass business, which started on January 1 this year, provides a number of mechanisms for free education of youth and the creation of employment opportunities for them, reported Minister of Health and Social Development of Kazakhstan Tamara Duissenova during a meeting of the Government of Kazakhstan.

The main focus of the updated program is to develop specific skills based on mass training. These skills will enhance job opportunities or to start their own business. This will contribute to employment centers and mass business development measures, where micro-credit instruments, using them not only in rural areas, as previously, but also in cities, are extended.

Three key areas identified for the implementation of this task.

Firstly, particular attention will be paid to young people not enrolled in secondary special or higher education and no education. And it is about 100 thousand people. They will have the opportunity to receive the first working profession free of charge on the basis of technical and vocational education institutions.

Second, measures to ensure the employment of young people will include the organization of career guidance. In 2017, vocational guidance offices in all secondary schools as well as universities and colleges will be launched with the MES .

Thirdly, one of the barriers during the employment of young people who have graduated from educational institutions, is the problem of so-called "first job", associated with a lack of work experience. To solve it, the component "Youth Practice" will be saved, which allows the graduates due to state support to acquire skills and initial work experience, which subsequently improves their opportunities for permanent employment.

It is worth noting that on the results of 2016, the youth unemployment rate decreased more than four-fold - from 16 to 3.9% in comparison with 2001. At the same time, the level is significantly lower than the overall unemployment rate in the country. The country's total population share of young people aged 14 to 29 years is nearly a quarter, or 4.1 million people.