Govt to launch national portal for job search

Job seekers across the country will soon have a national portal on the lines of popular search based websites, which will keep them up-to-date with vacancy notifications, job placements as well as skilling and training opportunities.

The labour ministry is set to launch the National Career Service Portal, which is on the lines of a similar service provided by the UK government.

The website is a part of the ministry’s plan to modernise employment exchanges and revamp them into Career Centres that will provide information on jobs and also facilities such as career counselling. “The portal will be implemented in phases but the first phase is likely to be launched later this year,” said an official close to the development. M_Id_483395_JOB_search

The website can be accessed by employers from the government sector, private companies as well as public sector firms, along with indirect employers such as staffing agencies as well as skilling institutes and trainers.

“Just like the job-seekers, each of the employers will also have to be registered on the website to ensure their credentials,”said the official.

Similarly, to provide accurate and relevant information to employers, the labour ministry plans to introduce reliable jobseeker data that would include personal details, address, skills and qualifications as well as past work experience.

With over 12 million youth expected to join the workforce annually, the labour ministry is hopeful that it will help fill the demand-supply gap on jobs and skilling by connecting workers and employers across the country. “There are a number of private sector portals on these lines as well but we expect that our reach will be unparalleled,” the official said.

The project was originally sanctioned by the UPA government late last year with an allocation of Rs 150 crore but has got a boost with the NDA’s focus on job creation and skilling.