Employability Bridge: Reducing Rural–Urban Gap
KOCHI: Students in remote areas are often at the losing end when it comes to placements. They miss out on several opportunities since the companies prefer to go to tier 1 cities and select students from reputed colleges. Employability Bridge, a start up based in Tamil Nadu is now conducting Flag events in Kerala too to bridge this gap between the students and the employers.
The online portal which has details of currently available openings in various organisations lists out the eligibility criteria for applicants. The students can browse through the portal and apply to whichever position they are eligible for. After screening and shortlisting online with the available information, the event ‘Flag’ takes place where the employer and the students will meet face to face.
The 32nd edition of Flag across South India, which was held in Kannur recently, saw companies from multiple industries including manufacturing, IT, software development and KPO participating. A total of 600 students had appeared for the event for around 900 openings of which 75 students received offer letters and few others were shorlisted for further rounds.
“When I graduated in 1991, there were no opportunities for students in remote areas. Even today, students in the city have an upper hand over the others. Employability Bridge aims to bridge this gap and provide equal opportunities to all students,” said Emmanuel Justus, CEO, Employability Bridge.
“In three years, we have had around 2,300 students attending the Flag. The venture is for engineering students alone at present but will be spread out to benefit students of other streams too in future,” he said. Mobile application of Employability Bridge is in operational stage and will be launched soon, he added.