Job centers will be established in R. Dhuvaafaru and L. Gan, Economic Minister Fayyaz Ismail has said.
Speaking at a ceremony held Monday to announce minimum wage for businesses, Minister Fayyaz said the current administration aims to establish a decent work program in the Maldives. Several efforts have been undertaken to achieve the aim, he said.
The minister said a program was conducted jointly with the Ministry of Higher Education to train locals for the work environment. Additionally, several researches have been carried out and implemented, he said.
The minister acknowledged that there are several challenges in preparing locals for the job market. He said that the involved parties point fingers at each other, with employers saying it is impossible to get employees while employees say they are not paid enough. He further said the ministry established a job portal as there was no proper platform for those seeking employment to look for work opportunities.
Fayyaz said those seeking employment are registered on the job center, and arrangements have been made such that the registered user can seek jobs of their interest. Although a virtual job center has already been established, he added that it is still important to develop physical job centers. While the ministry is preparing to open a job center in Hulhumale' next month, work is underway to establish job centers in Dhuvaafaru and Gan, too, he said. Furthermore, discussions are underway to establish a job desk at all councils, he added.