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ABOUT US
 History of Employment Service:
 
After the 2nd world war in 1945, for orderly absorption of the released service personnel and other war workers; the need for an organisation to handle this complex problem in a uniform manner was felt and in July, 1945 “Directorate General of Resettlement and Employment " was set up

In 1947, after partition of the Country this Directorate was entrusted the job of resettlement of a large number of displaced persons (refugees).

In early 1948, the Employment Exchanges were thrown open to all categories of applicants which required transition of Employment Service from a resettlement agency to an all India placement organisation.

On 1-11-1956 the day to day administration of the Employment services was handed over to the state governments. So now the Employment service is the joint concern of the Central and State Governments where the Central Government formulates national policies, standards and procedure to be followed by the Employment Exchanges in the states; coordinates the work of the Employment Exchanges in the states; plans and formulates programmes for expansion and development of the services; conducts training programmes for employment officers and other such works which are required for the betterment of these services whereas State Governments fully control the Employment Exchanges in their respective states.

In 1959 The Employment Exchanges Compulsory Notification of vacancies Act was enacted by the Parliament and after notification of its rules, it came into force from 1-5-1960. Under the provisions of the Act all the establishments in the public sector and all the establishments in the private sector normally employing 25 or more workers are required to notify their vacancies and also render quarterly and biennial returns to the Employment Exchange of their area.

Creation of new Department of Employment Generation
  A new Department of Employment Generation and Training has been carved out of the Department of Labour and Employment vide Govt Notification No. 18/16/2007-GC(2)/7219 Dated 11-04-2007 and 31-07-2007 with the following main objectives:
  1. To develop a vision, strategy & policy framework for employment generation & training
    To suggest measures to derive synergy of the plans and programmes of various departments working directly or indirectly for employment generation and vocational training.
  2. To advise on institutional and organizational mechanism for effective implementation of the action plan for employment generation and the vocational training to make the youth really employable by enhancing their skills and competencies.
  3. To regularly plan, implement, monitor and oversee employment generation action plans in the State and advise on the future steps to be taken.
  4. To facilitate manpower planning and vocational training in all the key sectors of the economy. 
  5. Bringing out critical gaps in various services sectors and facilitate addressing these gaps as per the requirement of the national and international market.
    To identify and advise on the regulatory aspects of job oriented training policies.
  6. Facilitate establishing more job oriented vocational institutions in the Public Private Partnership Mode in line with the requirement of skilled manpower and enhancing the capacity of the existing institutions.
  7. Harnessing the potential of various self help youth groups and educational organisations of repute.
  Present Functions of the Employment Department:
  1. Registration of job seekers for placement against notified vacancies.
2. (a) Providing education and vocational information to students, applicants and parents.
(b) Collects compiles and disseminates information about various self employment schemes being offered by various departments of the state. The Employment Officer identifies and motivates candidates from the Live Register for adopting self employment as a way of life.
(c) Prepares and distributes career literature free of cost to schools, colleges and libraries. Available career literature in English language is also translated into regional language for its better understanding at the grass root level.
3. Under the Employment Market Information programme information of the manpower market is collected and compiled for state and national level planning.
4. The department works for the implementation of various sections of The Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959.
5. Disburses unemployment allowance to Educated Unemployed applicants registered with the employment exchanges with specified terms & conditions as per “The Punjab Payment of Unemployment Allowance to Educated Unemployed Persons Rules – 1978”.
6. Provides employment assistance and guidance to persons desirous of going abroad through its Overseas Employment Cell.
7. A special employment exchange provides employment services to disabled persons by approaching employers and motivating them to employ physically challenged but otherwise eligible applicants.
8. Implements employment related sections of "Persons With Disabilities Act 1995".
New functions and roles of the Department
  In addition to the present functions, the Department will be performing following new functions:
i) Enhance the employability of Punjab Youth by improving their Vocational and soft skills
ii) Vocationalisation of education system at school and college level and to facilitate Vocational training for school drop-outs and informal sector
iii) Promote Entrepreneurship and self-employment
iv) Prepare Punjab Youth, through rigorous trainings, for employment in Defence services and other jobs based on competitive examinations.
v) Fully prepare Punjab youth for overseas opportunities through enhancement of vocational skills and foreign language skills and by providing emigration assistance.
vi) Upgrade Existing Employment Exchanges to Electronic Employment & Training Bureaus
vii) To make available some of the employment services through Suwidha Centres at District/Subdivision level and Kiosks at village/ town level.
viii) Every University, deemed university and selected institutions to be notified as an e-employment exchange in their respective areas to make their services easily accessible.
ix) Conduct Manpower Survey and Job Survey to assess skill and competency gaps.
x) Vocational Awareness, Counseling and Guidance to Punjab Youth, administering profiling tests.
xi) Identification, Fine Tuning and Design of Training programmes.
xii) Apprenticeship training to be effectively administered and monitored
xiii) Active involvement of C-PYTE in every district for training of youth is important.
xiv) Make it compulsory for all the institutions and selected schools to establish at least 20% to 30% seats on Vocational Education by addition/ conversion
xv) Examination and certification of training and skills
xvi) Liaison for placement of Youth with corporate, recruitment agencies
xvii) Organise Job festivals, job melas, seminars, conferences etc. for job placements
xviii) Foreign Training and Employment Bureau for providing employment assistance, guidance, and training to the Punjab Youth desirous of going abroad for employment and business opportunities in the foreign countries like Canada, USA, Europe, Australia, Middle East etc.
xix) Liaison with foreign manpower ministries and employers
xx) Check on the activities of unregistered agents.
xxi) Pre-Departure cum orientation programme.