Kerala Labour Minister urges employers to hire students

Our Bureau Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on January 20, 2014

Industrial houses and peer employers should call in early enough to campuses to recruit students young, according to Shibu Baby John, Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation.

He said this while inaugurating a two-day ‘Nypunyam-2014,’ the skilling summit being organised by the Department of Labour and Rehabilitation.


The handholding has to start at a very young age so that the recruits grow into a skilled workforce to meet the demand of the emerging international job market.

Trade and industrial houses and others should come forward to identify aptitude and skills of students and youth.

He narrated a system in Germany where the vestibule of academic institutions with the industry opens at a very early stage. It should be tried out here too.

The 40 lakh candidates who have registered names on employment exchanges should also be trained suitably. Training institutes and other infrastructure will be created for this.


Baby John regretted that the State does not have a mechanism for testing the aptitude of students. A majority of them are forced to take up careers of their parents’ choice.

The two-day summit has been organised as part of the larger national initiative to create 500 million skilled youth by 2021.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Kodikunnil Suresh offered all assistance to Kerala for its efforts at skilling students and youth.

When the Centre rolled out the skilling plan, Kerala was the only State which came forward to support it, he said.


Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty in his inaugural address said that the industry and IT sectors are the major beneficiaries of the summit.

The State has committed and intelligent youth who can adapt themselves to any milieu. An action plan for focussed training will only increase their efficiency.

The Industries Department will provide land and other infrastructure facilities for setting up training and allied facilities, he said.

Additional Chief Secretary for Labour Nivedita P. Haran delivered the welcome address. M. Beena, Managing Director of Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence, proposed a vote of thanks.

Published on January 20, 2014

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