As part of the “Innovation to Inclusion (i2i)” programme, funded by the UK Government’s Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Bangladesh Business and Disability Network (BBDN) – in collaboration with Leonard Cheshire, the Centre for Services & Information on Disability and media partner Prothom Alo – hosted a 3-day online job fair for persons with disabilities from 27 to 29 April 2021.
At the inauguration, Chief Guest K.M. Abdus Salam, Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, expressed his appreciation on the initiative to facilitate employment for persons with disabilities. In the closing ceremony, Salahuddin Khan, BBDN Chairman, highlighted the large potential for online job fairs and called on all in the private sector to support the initiative. Honourable representatives from the employers’ side shared their insights on inclusive employment.
In the job fair, a total of 1,480 candidates registered, of which 1,208 were men and 272 women. There were 19,538 total visits at the stalls. A total of 23 employers participated in the job fair, including Elite Garments, Akhtar Furnishers, 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, Tos Technology Ltd and Dream Door Soft Ltd. The employers offered a total of 764 jobs to the candidates and received 3,963 job applications.
Employers have some time to extract all the applications and CVs from the platform, following up 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.