IT assessment portal for hiring skilled hands soon

Information Technology (IT) professionals will get jobs more easily in the country's IT-ITES companies as the government is going to introduce a pre-employment assessment portal by the current month.

State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak is expected to inaugurate the portal which will be operated in cooperation with Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), a body of 1500 IT companies spread across the country.      

As the portal will help carry out pre-employment assessment of IT job-seekers, IT-ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services) companies will be able to hire skilled and experienced IT professionals as per their requirement.

"The assessment portal, first of its kind, developed by the LICT project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under ICT Division will help the companies  select and hire candidates faster without compromising quality," said ICT Senior Secretary N M ZeaulAlam.

Many IT companies in the country  look for competent and capable  candidates, but face problems to select and hire them as per requirement and criteria, he said, adding that the essessment portal would help resolve these sorts of  problems.   

He said the government itself  is creating skilled human resources as per local and global demands to leverage growth of ICT sector. These skilled human resources would be assessed through the assessment portal and the IT companies could avail of  this advantage in hiring competent  hands for their organizations, he added.

“Skills and general knowledge of any specific subject would be assessed if the candidates fit the job of the companies ,” said BCC's executive director Parthapratim Deb.

He said the assessment portal would help country’s IT companies to trim time and cost of hiring professionals as well as select candidates who are match for their hiring criteria and vacancies.

LICT Project Director Md Rezaul Karim said the assessment portal contains a provision to check authenticity of the exam and detail results which would be very much useful to assess real skilled professionals for hiring quickly.

“Initially, five professional courses, which have been designed and developed in collaboration with IT-ITES industry and academia, are being included for assessment and more courses on frontier technologies will be included soon to assess the readiness of our IT-ITES professionals for 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR),” said Policy Adviser of LICT Sami Ahmed.

Through this portal, IT professionals will appear for online assessment of their preferred subjects, he said, adding that some companies have already signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to use the assessment portal for selecting and hiring candidates for jobs.

“We are expecting more companies to come within a short time,” Sami said.