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Pre-departure orientation training providers found not even conducting training for migrant workers

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 28 March 2021 - With the aim of keeping Nepalis safe and protected during their work period in foreign labour destinations, the government recently upgraded the curriculum for pre-departure orientation.

However, ensuring safety and protection of migrant workers through the upgraded pre-departure training faces a major hurdle at the home front.

The Department of Foreign Employment, the government authority overseeing the foreign employment sector, has found out that many pre-departure training providers were not even conducting the mandatory training for aspiring migrant workers. According to Kumar Prasad Dahal, a recent monitoring found that a majority of pre-departure training providers had not been conducting orientation sessions for the workers.

“There are orientation training providers registered with the department. But when we inspected them, we found that they were not conducting the training,” Dahal told the Post. “As most of the foreign-employment related services are available, they were misusing the online system.”

The department, which has intensified its monitoring of recruitment agencies following the resumption of labour migration, has also started to carry out surprise inspections of training centres lately.

In the last two weeks, the department inspected more than 15 training institutes, according to Dahal.

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Source: https://kathmandupost.com/national/2021/03/28/pre-departure-orientation-training-providers-found-not-even-conducting-training-for-migrant-workers

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