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