Skills are mandatory
I was impressed by a video posted on a social media platform by a Kashmiri professional who is settled in Turkey. The video posted by the man was a clear message to the youth in Kashmir to upgrade and improve their skills if they wish to make to it various jobs that are in demand across the globe.
The message was apt for our youth who wish to explore various job options across the globe and display their talent to the world. However, mere enthusiasm and will to move out and work is not enough for our youth to lay their hands on various jobs that are available out there.
The only key to success lies in upgrading and working on the set of skills that are needed in today’s world. The emerging trend that has caught the attention right now is that the skilled labour forms the backbone of various developing economies in the world. The skilled labour not only contributes in the growth of the nation but also increases employment avenues for others
Youth with their respective skills in varied trades including electricians, welding, plumbing, bricklaying, cookery and other related fields have a bright future if they put their skills to good use. The skilled manpower could not only address the unemployment issue here, by creating their own jobs, but their skills can help others to learn as well.
The youth in Jammu and Kashmir need to think out of the box as the demand for skilled labour has phenomenally increased across the world in the last few decades. Such is the relevance of skilled labour in countries like Australia and Canada that they are even offering permanent residency to people with skills that are in their demand list.
We in Kashmir are witnessing an imported labour phenomenon as most of the technical jobs that are to be carried out here are done by people who have come from other states.
The need of the hour is that all the stakeholders including academic institutes, especially ITIs and Polytechnics, corporate sector, and government institutes need to come together in creating a skilled work force in the State.
The move can help in bringing down the unemployment rate in the UT and ensure that new jobs are also created. As per the Labour Bureau, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India (GOI), Jammu and Kashmir has very high unemployment rate.
Jammu and Kashmir has around 74 unemployed persons per thousand, which means the number of unemployed youth in the state is over 9 lakh based on the 2011 census. This situation can be even grim if post Covid-19 figures are worked out.
The number could be higher as over the years the exact number of unemployed educated youth in JK was not known.
The union government also revealed that nearly 40 percent youth, in the age group of 15 to 30 years, is unemployed in Jammu and Kashmir and that the number was higher than the national level.
These high figures can have a direct bearing on our youth who had otherwise bright chances of making it to various job openings across the globe.