‘A tripartite collaboration between government, industry and professional trainers is needed’

Eighteen months after the launch of Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu, the skill development programme to help place youth in different organisations in the private sector is all set for a revamp.

A reality check on the quality of training imparted by the private partners and facilities in the centres found not up to the mark, the government decided to set up a multi-skill development centre in every district to ensure better training standards and a professional approach.

Though 3.17 lakh youth had been placed in different industries so far and 51,000 more under training, the skill training offered by the private training partners needs to be upgraded to help the youth get high-end employment opportunities, says Prof. K. C. Reddy, Vice-Chairman, REECAP.

One such centre was set up at Etcherla in Srikakulam district at the 21 Gurukulam in collaboration with the local industry to offer training and placement in construction, retail, hospitality and other new economy sectors. This model will be replicated in other districts. By June, six to seven such facilities would be started in the State including the one coming up at Sirpur Kagaznagar, Mr. Reddy said. “A tripartite collaboration between government, industry and professional trainers is what we need to meet the objectives of RKY,” he explained.

However, the most challenging task is to counsel, convince and motivate youth to look beyond IT and BPO sector and take up jobs in the new economy sectors like retail, construction, hospitality and take the first job with objective to gain experience rather than salary. “There are quite a few who joined with a salary of Rs.7,500 which was increased to Rs.20,000 within a year in a leading jewellery retail unit. Another person who rejected the offer for higher salary remained unemployed.” With no uniformity in training offered, the RYK commissioned the development of standard curriculum for each vertical by experts. For instance, the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute Ltd., is helping in formulating the curriculum for banking and financial services and certification programme. Similar efforts are on for different verticals in association with Sector Skill Councils being promoted by the National Skill Development Corporation. The new initiatives will take shape by June and by March 2014 another 3 lakh to 3.5 lakh youth will find employment, he said.

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