ASTANA – More than 82,000 people were employed in the first half of 2017 under the third direction of the Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship Development Programme.
As part of the employment assistance, more than 82,000 Kazakh citizens were employed in social workplaces, youth practice and public works in the first half of the year, according to Vice Minister of Labour and Social Protection Birzhan Nurymbetov.
He said 17,901 people were employed for social workplaces, which is 109 percent of the planned indicator. The largest number of 5,710 people found the social jobs in the South Kazakhstan region, 806 people were employed in the North Kazakhstan region and in the Kostanai region the number was 860. The smallest numbers were registered in Astana (162 people) and in Almaty (379 people).
Around 12,578 people were sent for youth practice, which is 74 percent of the planned indicator. The biggest number for the youth practice was registered in the South Kazakhstan region (3,709 people) and in Kyzylorda region (925 people). In the North Kazakhstan, 329 people went to a youth practice, while the number in the Karaganda region was 774 people.
And 51,705 people were sent to public works, which is 69.6 percent of the plan.
Kazakhstan has started implementing the Productive Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship Development Programme this year only. The programme provides mass training and skills development in demanded professions and business basics, creation of conditions for mass entrepreneurship through lending, labour market development via assistance in employment and support for labour mobility. The programme’s first direction is to provide technical and vocational education, while the second direction is to provide micro-loans and trainings for 15,000 people in the basics of entrepreneurship.
In April, Kazakh Minister of Labour and Social Protection Tamara Dyuissenova announced that this year 85.3 billion tenge (US$261.2 million) was allocated to implement the programme.