Jobs for the differently abled
Some 110 differently-abled persons yesterday got much-needed jobs at a career fair.
The Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN), a platform of employers promoting inclusion of physically and mentally challenged persons at workplaces, organised the fair in collaboration with Brac at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh in the capital.
The fair saw 232 persons applying for jobs and 110 of them get employment. Some 26 job aspirants received appointment letters on the spot from recruiting managers of Babylon Group, Fakir Apparels, Vintage Denim, DBL Group and Esquire Group.
The BBDN and Bangladesh Employers' Federation also organised an award presentation ceremony for nine employers and two chambers for promoting such inclusion in their industries.
The awardees are Square Group, Akhtar Group, Viyellatex Group, Shin Shin Group, Urmi Group, DBL Group, Picard Bangladesh, Vintage Denim, Shwapno and the Chittagong and Sylhet chambers. Abul Kalam Azad, principal coordinator for sustainable development goals (SDG) affairs at Prime Minister's Office, inaugurated the fair.
None should be left behind, as the government was working to achieve the SDGs in all its capacities, he said. “I think this kind of initiative is highly motivating for the differently-abled persons,” he added.
The initiative will help in developing skills and increase employment opportunities for the challenged persons towards promoting a very inclusive and diversified workplace, said, Tuomo Poutiainen, country director of International Labour Organisation (ILO) for Bangladesh.
The BBDN was launched in 2016 with support from ILO's Canada-funded Bangladesh Skills for Employment and Productivity.