President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih says in the future, organizations would be unable to hire foreign workers if there are Maldivians listed in the Job Centre registry who fulfill the requirements for those positions.
He made the comments speaking after inaugurating the Job Centre at Alifushi Island of Raa Atoll as part of his three-day trip to 8 islands in that Atoll along with Shaviyani Atoll.
President Solih stated that there had been a noticeable amount of Maldivians seeking employment and organizations seeking employees, and the scope of job centers is to fill this gap.
Reiterating the importance of ensuring the maximum amount of positions are filled by Maldivian workers, he stated that in the future, organizations would be unable to hire foreign workers if there are Maldivians listed in the Job Centre registry who fulfill the requirements for those positions.
President Solih detailed this administration's success in limiting the number of foreign worker permits authorized, demonstrating the government's commitment to developing local human resources and offering adequate employment opportunities to all Maldivians.
He said that there would still be an expected shortage without training and developing Maldivians with the skills and expertise required to fill various positions.
He revealed that the government plans to similarly develop Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programs and services to provide the necessary skills training and guidance.
President Solih also delineated the successful National Internship Programme, with 213 interns placed in government agencies and 38 interns placed in private companies.
He also stated that the government had initiated training for 600 persons under a program to train 2400 individuals over the next two years to prepare for employment in various areas.
The President expressed his confidence that the initiation of this job center would help many individuals, especially young adults, in the atoll to easily find suitable employment opportunities, urging the council to provide their support in this endeavor.
He urged all residents of the atoll to take advantage of the opportunities offered.
Alifushi Island is the sixth destination of the President and First Lady’s ongoing trip. Cabinet ministers, senior executives from the President’s Office, and a delegation of high-level government officials accompany the President and First Lady on this trip.