Astana offers free, short-term job training

ASTANA – More than 700 unemployed young people in Astana have been going through short-term professional trainings under Employment and Mass Entrepreneurship Programme since the beginning of the year.

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Currently, 333 people are training for occupations, including 24 people training to be cooks, 48 hairdressers and 85 tailors. The sessions also prepare eight trade managers, 17 cashiers, 17 babysitters, 23 administrators, 25 nail artists, 22 bakers and 25 people capable of working in confectioneries.

The trainings will also prepare specialists for highly demanded occupations, identified with the help of big data, such as mobile application developer, specialists in cybersecurity, animation and video graphics, elevator operator, drivers, car electricians and mechanics.

Obsolete occupations, also determined with the application of big data, were removed from the government order.

Throughout the training programme, young people receive a monthly stipend of 16,759 tenge (US$47 dollars) and get a certificate upon completion. The graduates are also provided assistance in finding a job and mastering the occupation.

Additional sessions are organised in the evenings and during the weekends to help people working in construction and markets take up a new occupation and receive additional income.

The employment situation in Astana remains stable. The unemployment rate of 4.6 percent registered in the capital is the lowest in Kazakhstan. Every month approximately 2,200 small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) launch and provide job opportunities for capital residents. In the last six months, more than 11,000 workplaces were created, which is 18.5 percent more than for the corresponding period the last year.




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