Kathmandu: The Nepal government has been conducting skill-orientated training in collaboration with the private sector migrant workers.
The secretariat of the Foreign Employment Promotion Board (FEPB), under the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS), has already selected 15 firms to provide support in conducting such training programs for over 15,000 individuals in fiscal year 2019-20.
Executive Director of FEPB, Mr. Rajan Shrestha, said that the board will provide free vocational skill development training to 10,000 potential migrant workers over the next three months and the remaining 5,000 will be given the training by the end of the current fiscal. The FEPB has announced that it would provide training under 19 different topics. He mentioned the board has been conducting training programs under various topics for the last 10 years.
A total of Rs 4 billion has spent so far and over 30,000 youths have received training programs. The government has allocated Rs 2.5 million to provide training for 15,000 youths in the current fiscal. Similarly, the Safe Migration Project (SaMi) of Helvetas, has been providing free vocational skill development training for youths.
The training will be free of cost and the board is currently holding discussions on technical and vocational aspects of project implementation, according to Shrestha. He added-“We are working in close coordination with private skill providing institutions and the process to enlist those with sufficient infrastructure is underway.”
According to the record by the Department of Foreign Employment (DofE), a total of 285,445 unskilled Nepali youths left Nepal for foreign employment. Only 179,601 skilled youths left for foreign employment in fiscal year 2018-19.
“As per our data, the skilled youths are receiving better salary and benefits as compared to the unskilled migrants. So, we would suggest a foreign job aspirant take skill-based training before departing the country for foreign employment” Shrestha mentioned.