45-day training started under a nation-wide initiative

HIL Limited and Shramika Educational Society (SES), an NGO here, on Wednesday kicked off a rural-based skill development programme to train 25 young men in the 18 - 25 years age group, at the Boys Town Industrial Training Centre here.

At a press conference to announce the launch, Abhaya Shankar, MD, HIL Limited, said the 45-day training and skill development programme had been started as a pilot under the ‘Tarraki Ki Chhaon-Mein’, a nation-wide initiative.

The objective was to train 250 youngsters in the current fiscal across different locations in the country including Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Orissa and Tamil Nadu.

Make a livelihood

Mohan Sarju, president, SES, said they had sourced trainees using a State-wide network to train with skills required to make a livelihood in manufacturing, automobile, infrastructure and rural marketing sectors.

For starters, the programme content would include skills in construction and infrastructure sectors, he said, adding that once they achieved the year’s objective of facilitating livelihoods of about 250 youth, they would expand.

Sanjay Kavathalkar, Vice-President (HR), HIL, said the second programme would be taken up in Thimmapur near here from May 15 and the third a while later in Vijayawada. “We are confident of assuring the youth of an income level between Rs.5,500 to Rs.7,000 per month after the 45-day training and scale it up to a level of Rs.15,000 within 18 to 24 months,” he stated.

Soft skills

N.V. Ravi, General Secretary, SES, said the objective was to get things rolling for youth whose lives had seemingly stopped at some point in time.

“We are getting youth who have failed in Class VIII, X and Intermediate and equipping them with vocational skills, also incorporating a soft skills component,” he added.