Skill Development Program to impart vocational training to the tribal youth, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra 

Name of the Initiative and State 
Skill Development Program to impart vocational training to the tribal youth, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra 


Initiative Champions 

  • Shri Ranjit Kumar, IAS, District Collector, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra 
  • Shri Abhishek Krishna 
  • Shri T.S.K. Reddy 
  • Shri P.V. Deshmane 
  • Shri Y.S. Shende 


Initiative in Brief

In order to increase the employability of the youth largely dependent on primary sector, an initiative called Skill Development Program was initiated on the guidelines of Prime Minister’s Counsel for Skill Development. The Career Guidance and Counseling Center (CGCC) in Gadchiroli district was formulated to regulate the program under the control of the District Skill Development Executive Committee. The District Collector is the chairperson of this Committee. 


The unemployed/ underemployed youth undergo counseling at the village level which is followed by an entrance examination in the form of an aptitude test and a personal interview. This helps in determining a suitable trade as per the ability and inclination of the selected candidates. So far, the candidates were trained in three domains viz. Hospitality, Construction and Automobile and the CGCC planned to scale up for 13 more disciplines to add into cart. 


The concept is to identify the youth to whom quality skill development training could be imparted which would help to bridge the unemployment vs. labour deficiency gap, apart from assisting in reducing disguised unemployment in agriculture sector.


Implementation Highlights

  • Higher grassroots coverage through counselors
  • Selection of candidates through examination and interview which enables to identify the trade that is suitable for the selected candidate as well as the market demand for such trade 
  • Training and Transportation charges are directly borne by District administration while expenditure on food and accommodation is done by the institute which is reimbursed after completion of the training. There is no cost to the candidate. 
  • Considering the flexibility and frequency required, a new batch was started to accommodate requirement every month.
  • In the past three years, 88 per cent of the candidates, who were trained, have been successfully placed; many of them in major cities and industries. 
  • On an average, the candidate receives Rs. 8500 per month along with a job availability for across the year. 



In the past three years, the program has shown the promising success in terms of number of candidates joining the program as well as the placements that has been secured. The District Executive Committee has decided to expand the scope of the initiative by adding 13 more courses.  

The candidates who have succeeded in achieving placements through this initiative are now assisting the program publicity. There is a high degree of convergence and inter-department coordination in terms of outreach of the program.


Knowledge Resources

Presentation on Skill Development Program to impart vocational training to the tribal youth, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra

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