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Vocational Training and Employment Minister presents Interim Government's employment program

Published the:  04/04/2011

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April 4, 2011  - TAP - Minister of Vocational Training and Employment Saïd Aydi said Tunisia has 520,000 unemployed, including 160,000 university graduates, according to statistics for 2010.
This figure is expected to reach 700,000 jobless, as a result of the arrival on the labour market of new university graduates, next July, and the return of thousands of Tunisians from Libya.
Presenting the Interim Government's programin matters of employment at a news conference held Monday, in the presence of national media, Saïd Aydi added that these factors will increase the national unemployment average to 19%, compared with 14% in 2010.
He also said that the urgent programdevised by the Ministry is based essentially on the creation of new jobs in all sectors, development of business creation, supervision of promoters of project ideas, by heads of small businesses, ensuring sustainability and preservation of jobs by supporting companies that suffered damage.
Regarding the creation of new jobs, the Minister underlined that it was decided to create 20,000 jobs in the public sector and combine all necessary conditions for the creation of 20,000 others in the private sector, in addition to the opportunities offered as part of partnership between the two sectors, employment within national associations and organisations and recruitment abroad.
He added that the Department seeks currently to identify urgent solutions to support youth among the university graduates who lack self-financing to launch their projects.
As part of keeping jobs and supporting enterprises facing economic difficulties, the Ministry has taken a set of measures for employees to use the period of technical unemployment they suffer, through a model operation, including continuing training cycles to preserve their professional qualifications.
This operation has involved some 2,000 workers in a first stage and will benefit about 15,000 workers operating in 3,000 companies, at a second stage.
These measures also include the total or partial payment of the employer's contribution to the social security system for workers having benefited from reduction in the number of their working hours and technical unemployed workers, in addition to the payment by the State of 50% of the damage suffered by companies facing economic hardships and a reduction of 2 interest-points on credits whose maturity date is not beyond five years.
Saïd Aydi said the Ministry endeavours to step up field action to lend a receptive ear to the concerns of job seekers in the regions and to all components of civil society.