Brick by Brick, Job Placement Opens Doors
Omar Kiladze, one of thirteen newly employed brick factory employees trained and hired through USAID’s Job Counseling and Placement Program
Before participating in a USAID-supported job placement program, Omar Kiladze was out of work and struggling to care for his terminally ill father. A recent training opportunity provided Omar and thirteen other candidates with the skills needed to be hired at a newly opened brick factory in Georgia’s Samtredia region. Now that Omar has employment nearby, he can work and take care of his father.
The growing brick factory needed qualified employees and had trouble finding people with the necessary skills. As a result, a nearby USAID-supported Job Counseling and Placement Center worked with the factory owner to provide a qualified on-site trainer and candidates for the jobs.
USAID’s Job Counseling and Placement Program, through the International Organization for Migration, is establishing job counseling and referral centers throughout the country. Nearly 570 people have gained employment through a Job Counseling and Placement center since March 2010. As part of International Organization for Migration’s effort to reach out to the private sector, 170 companies and 1,000 potential employers have been contacted to help place and match the need for skilled workers.
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