Youth Skill Development Training

Despite the fact that India is a fast developing economy, decisions on the basis of hard realities have led the Government to conclude that far more needs to be done to engender more employment opportunities for the majority of Indians, to enable them to participate in the benefits of growth and to contribute to that growth. To do this they must have education and training that equips them for the labour market. One of the sources of the skilled workforce is the vocational education and training system. However, the government realizes that the system is not being able to appropriately respond to the needs of the labour market. In order to contribute towards the National goal, the Literates Welfare Association has been committed to promote knowledge-based Youth Skill Development Training for the benefit of the future of the youngsters.

Since 1993, according to the database of persons who gained necessary skills under our Vocational Training Division, more than 3000 boys, girls and village women had gained Youth Skill Development Training and its related training covering broader trade categories – Tailoring & Modern dress making, needle work & embroidery, jute bag making, zari work, vermi-composting, home appliances, pickle making, fruit juice making etc. We are thankful particularly to the Onaway Trust-UK, Embassy of Australia, and National Bank for Agriculture and Farmers Development and Rural Development – NABARD and the Embassy of Poland for the unflinching support over the years to make this intervention a great success.

The funds gained from the Onaway Trust [UK] and the Embassy of Poland were used for the Youth Skill Development Training purposes with additional financial and technical support from the National Centre for Jute Diversification. We are currently involved in the process of establishing a Trade School ‘Lavanya’ which has been registered and licensed by the local Government for providing training that could be of practical use by the beneficiaries.