As part of the Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) program supported by UK Government Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Bangladesh Business & Disability Network (BBDN) in collaboration with Leonard Cheshire, Centre for Services & Information on Disability and media partner Prothom Alo, have hosted a 3 days Online Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities from 27th to 29th April 2021 through a digital platform.
At the inauguration, Chief Guest Mr. K.M. Abdus Salam, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment (MOLE) expressed his appreciation and support to the organizers on the initiative to facilitate employment for persons with disabilities. In the closing ceremony, Mr. Salahuddin Khan, BBDN Chairman, highlighted the large potential for online job fairs and called on all in the private sector to come forward to support the initiative. Honourable representatives from the employers’ side, Ms. Rupali Chowdhury, Mr. Hamimur Rahman, Ms. Shwapna Bhowmick and many others shared their insights on inclusive employment in the country.
In the job fair, total 1481 candidates registered among whom 1208 were males and 272 females. There were 19,538 total visits at the stalls. Total 23 employers participated in the job fair including Elite Garments, Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd, bKash Limited, Coats Bangladesh Limited, Elite Paints & Chemical Industries Ltd, FIFO Tech, KDS Garments In. Ltd, Service Engine BPO (SEBPO), SuperTel, Envoy Textiles, Digicon Technology Ltd, Shwapno, Genex Infosys, Nestlé Bangladesh Limited, BRAC, Brain Station 23, My Outsourcing Limited, SQUARE Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Nagad, Urmi Group, Akhtar Furnishers, TOS Technology Ltd and Dream Door Soft Ltd. The employers offered total 764 jobs to the candidates and received 3963 job applications.
After the closing of the job fair, employers have some time to extract all the applications and CVs from the platform, following which they are expected to proceed with short-listing, interviewing and appointing candidates. BBDN is following up with the employers to offer any support they require in an effort to facilitate job placements. If there are any positions for which employers request more applicants, candidates will be sourced accordingly.