Chingeltei District Labor Division helps ex-prisoners and people with disabilities find jobs and financial support

Trans. by B.DULGUUN

Mediating between employers and job seekers is no easy task during an economic slowdown, but finding employment for people with disabilities and those recently released from prison is an even tougher challenge.

Head of Labor Division of Chingeltei District L.Battuvshin gave an interview about the division’s efforts to enhance employment, professional training and job provision.

 What kinds of measures is the Labor Division of Chingeltei District taking to increase jobs and employment?

Our labor division focuses on enhancing employment by providing public services to individuals, entities and institutions, and by supporting small and medium-sized enterprises. This way, we’re able to increase job provisions.

The National Employment Council approves programs related to employment. These programs reach the public after they are introduced to task and department heads. We know this because more and more people are being introduced and included in these projects and programs.

How do you support self-employed individuals and those interested in establishing a cooperative?

The main purpose of the Labor Program is to provide financial support, small amount of loans or marketing and employment aid to self-employed individuals and people interested in starting a business or cooperative.

A financial support of up to three million MNT is granted to self-employed people who manufacture goods or provide any type of services. We increase jobs by supporting operations of private businesses. People who’ve received financial support have to repay half of the amount they received within 24 months without added interest. People who successfully finished their project and repaid half of their financial support can reapply for more financial support after 36 months. This time, they will have to repay the full amount of the financial support within 12 months.

You mentioned that a small amount of loan is issued. What are the terms for this loan? Are the terms different from those of the financial support?

Up to five million MNT is lent to self-employed individuals and up to 10 million MNT is lent to people who run or are establishing a cooperative. The loan has an annual 0.6 percent interest. We also help with career orientation for those having trouble finding employment, lower their loan interest rates, and organize activities to help them acquire

knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for finding jobs.

The same type of program is implemented in Japan. People are trained for certain professions that are in demand. Our Labor Division continues to support people who were previously granted financial support. For example, one of our applicants manufactured goods and sold them through Made in Chingeltei Center. We helped open two more branches of this center and raised their sales and income.

Does the Labor Division of Chilgeletei District give professional consultation to people seeking employment?

We organize programs for career orientation, career consultation and advice to students completing their final year in high school, and people in technical and vocational education and training centers. We try to give them practical experience rather than only teaching theories. For instance, we have people engaged in clothing manufacturing with practical trainings at a large sewing factory.

We teach people basic communication skills, how they should present themselves in public, how to organize meetings for highly skilled senior consultants, and many other skills. In recent years, I’ve noticed that people hardly get practical experience while getting trained and studying in university. I believe that it’s best to combine theory with practice.

Technical and vocational education and training centers owned by the state provide support to their graduates and students through a program to support employment of young people and graduates of technical and vocational centers. A group of people specialized in automobile repair and maintenance can get financial support or equipment provision that cost up to 10 million MNT depending on their car repair shops.

 Do you run a program to support employment of people with disabilities? Do you give financial support to people with disabilities?

Of course. We issue up to three million MNT to support self-employed people with disabilities. These financial supports for people with disabilities are granted without repayment requirements. If they efficiently execute their project, they can reapply for another financial support after 24 months. People might misunderstand that a project has to be something very big. In fact, it can mean anything that people can do to earn profit, such as crafting accessories with coral, making handmade felt items, and sewing clothes. However, people with disabilities applying for financial support must be capable of carrying out that project. Their medical report must be valid for more than 12 months.

Does the Labor Division cooperate with organizations that employ people with disabilities?

Employers that provide permanent jobs or employ people with disabilities for more than 12 months are receiving incentives equal to 12 times the minimum wage (192,000 MNT).

To be more specific, we allocate up to three million MNT for the workplace of a person with disabilities and provide up to 24 million MNT in financial support to an employer.

Quite a large number of prisoners were released recently through the Amnesty Law. Have these people contacted the Labor Division to ask for assistance finding jobs?

There are 134 people in Chingeltei District that were released through the Amnesty Law. We’re taking measures step by step to help these people acquire jobs and intermediate them with employers.

Firstly, we met with each individual and talked with them to see if they were willing to work and what kind of jobs they want to pursue. This helps identify that person’s interests and recommend suitable jobs. Afterwards, we determined the number of people interested in receiving training and the type of jobs they wanted to do. We also research which jobs are currently in high demand.

The Labor Division of Chingeltei District has finished interviewing 134 people who were released from prisons. Now, we’re working to mediate them to suitable employers. Preparation works are being made for training sessions for those interested in becoming hairdressers, beauticians and heavy machinery operators.

Employers receive wage bonuses if they give permanent jobs or employ people released from prisons for more than 12 months. In other words, employers receive six million MNT for signing a one year employment contracts with people released from prisons. We’re organizing many initiatives to boost employment.

Source: mminfo.mn


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