RIGA - Due to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and its further impact on the economy, some people working in the field of aviation, tourism and catering will probably need to retrain themselves, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told reporters on Wednesday after a meeting with Bank of Latvia President Martins Kazaks.
Speaking about the national plan to exit the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Karins acknowledged that many of the workers who are currently receiving downtime benefits are unlikely to return to their jobs, so the state will help these people retrain themselves.
The Prime Minister noted that after the crisis, more worker will be needed, for example, in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT). According to Karins, if at least 1,000 people out of the 50,000 people who are currently idle retrained to continue working in the field of ICT, it would be a considerable impact on the industry.
Asked to name areas where labor demand will no longer reach pre-crisis levels, the Prime Minister refrained from commenting in detail, as this would be just guessing. At the same time, Karins added that the previous amount of workers might not be needed in the field of aviation, as well as in the tourism and the catering sectors.
"The state will help those who have worked in these sectors to retrain. The relevant training program is currently being developed," the prime minister informed.
The president of the Bank of Latvia also refrained from assessing the consequences of the crisis, as crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is still relatively new - restrictions in the country have been in force for only two months.
"It is too early to give a full analysis of the consequences of the crisis. However, the issues that have been talked about for a long time, namely the skills of workforce, adaptation to the labor market and administrative-territorial reforms, are still relevant at this time," Kazaks added.