The Government Industrial Training Institute in Aliganj remained abuzz with activities on Tuesday as thousands of job seekers poured in from across the state to participate in a job fair.
The fair, jointly organised by the state government and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was the first of its kind for the ITI passouts and the final year students.
Thousands of people were lined up to register themselves hours before the fair could begin at 10 am. The organisers claimed that over 7,000 aspirants had registered for the fair.
Several big names in industry including Tata Motors, Hero Motor Corp, Larsen & Toubro (L&T), PTC Industries, Goldiee Masale, Yash Papers and Mahakaleshwar Smile Parks Enterprises (MSPE) took part in the fair for recruitment.
“The government of Uttar Pradesh led by Akhilesh Yadav is serious about generating employment avenues for the citizens. This is one of the initiatives in the series of events lined up for the purpose,” said Waqar Ahmad Shah, cabinet minister for labour and employment, who was the chief guest on the occasion.
Minister of state for labour and employment Shahid Manzoor said the success levels of such events could be best judged by the output that they generated Anil Kumar, director training and employment and Rajeev Kapoor, principal secretary, vocational education also attended the function.
“The objective of this initiative is to bring in employers from different regions and provide employment avenues for the youths in UP who are passing out from ITIs, including recent passouts. It will link requirements and expectations of the industries, potential of ITI students, and challenges faced by them,” Jayant Krishna, cochairman, CII northern region special task force on skills and education said.
While career fairs often keep happening for engineering and B-School students, such an organised activity for ITIs is said to be organised for the first time in UP.
The highlight of the fair was that the recruiters had no fixed targets as for the number of candidates to be employed was concerned. The participating companies recruited the aspirants at different levels like apprenticeship, job trainees and permanent employees.
“There are no such fixed targets. We would recruit at least 500 candidates for here,” AK Singh, director MSPE, said.
The candidates after registering for the fair were asked to apply in their interested company, according to the eligibility.
While many companies held onthe-spot interviews and written test, others said that they would contact the candidates after selection from among those who applied.
“This innovative initiative targets to ensure inclusiveness and provide youth an opportunity to be a part of the mainstream economy. Although we used to have such fairs earlier also, but so many ITIs are participating under a common roof for the first time,” PK Pundir regional employment officer said.