The Model Finishing School under the Institute of Human Resources Development (IHRD) here will prepare educated and technically skilled youth from the State to secure suitable employment by giving them training in communication and presentation skills.

Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan, who inaugurated the school at Kaloor on Monday, had said that the institute could play a key role in building up the technical, personal and communication skills of the students. The model finishing school here is the second of its kind set up by the IHRD aimed at imparting employable skills to the youngsters. The first school is located at Thiruvananthapuram.

V. Subramony, Director of IHRD, said that the institute would come up with programmes that would help youngsters acquire sufficient skills to get jobs in this world of globalisation. He said that the lack of trained personnel was a major problem for industries while they initiate recruitment plans especially targeting the youngsters.

The school will conduct the employability enhancement programme for professionally qualified youths of the State. The structured course extends over a period of 40 days, covering technical and soft skills. The course is being designed to give equal focus on technical and soft skills.

The sessions in soft skills are aimed at exposing students in areas most needed in varying stages of life and job. Training will be given in areas like communication, interpersonal skills and team building. Special efforts will be made to enhance the English language skills of the students. It would also come up with programmes for engineering graduates. Unemployed B.Tech (all branches) / MCA / MBA / M.Sc (Computer Science / Electronics / IT) / B.Sc. (Computer Science / Electronics / IT) graduates belonging to Kerala are eligible to apply. Training is provided by faculty members drawn from diverse fields and trained by Infosys, complemented by expert faculty from the industry. The school has got the infrastructure to train 90 students simultaneously, divided into three batches of 30. The air-conditioned classrooms are equipped with one-to-one computers, ergonomically designed chairs and overhead projectors.

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