Placement Bureau: An HR initiative by Commissioner Karachi
Amidst the soaring rate of unemployment prevailing in the city, the Commissioner Karachi has launched an employment-facilitation forum entitled, ‘Karachi Placement Bureau’. The basic concept is two-fold : one, bridging the gap between the employers and the employees, and two, providing employment opportunities to the jobless, reemployment to a better place and internship/training opportunities for students. The Placement Bureau is a joint collaboration between the Government and the private sector. Leading from the front as the Face of the Government, the Commissioner Karachi has, on the government side, representatives from Labour Department, Sports & Youth Affairs Department, Industries Department, Sindh Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA), Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Human Resource Research & Development Board (BBSHRRDB), Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) and Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC). On the private side of the table, Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) represents all the Chambers, Employer’s Federation of Pakistan (EFP) with over 4000 members, various town associations, such as KATI, Landhi Association of Trade & Industry (LATI), North Karachi Association of Trade & Industry (NKATI), SITE Association of Trade & Industry, FB Area Association of Trade & Industry (FBATI), Bin Qasim Association of Trade & Industry (BQATI) and Workers Employers Bilateral Council of Pakistan (WEBCOP).
The major activities of the Placement Bureau include periodical meetings, which are aimed at reaching the desired targets and follow-up of previous decisions, and meetings with trade bodies. A seminar was also organized which was attended by the employers and members of various trade bodies. The aims of the seminar were to disseminate the information and receive input from the employers. Action points: The Karachi Placement Bureau is intended to work on a modern MIS platform with digital inputs and online data base access. As the system gets ready, a focal group consisting of Mr. Shahzeb Shaikh, Assistant Commissioner (General), Karachi Division, Mr. Amjadullah Khan (representing EEP, FPCCI & KATI) & Ms. Samreen Hamid of BBSHRRDB has been tasked with the initial screening of applicants by conducting interviews and forwarding their résumés to potential employers. Résumés of over 300 candidates have been sent out to various employers with a considerable number of candidates been placed. Interested candidates can reach the placement bureau at :firstname.lastname@example.org.