Special Correspondent

Eight schools planned at a cost of Rs.34 crore

  • Curriculum to be an appropriate mix of academics, life skills
  • An intensive spoken English course to be compulsory part of the training

    Thiruvananthapuram: The City Corporation has drawn up a scheme to set up Livelihood-Oriented Business Schools (LOBS) to enhance employment opportunities within the State and equip jobseekers with specialised skills.

    One of the major proposals in the City Development Plan (CDP) prepared by the Corporation, the project primarily seeks to address the worsening unemployment in Kerala. The document observes that the diminishing job opportunities in Gulf countries were threatening to aggravate the situation in the State.

    Civic officials involved in the preparation of the CDP feel that the schools would encourage youngsters to set up enterprises on their own within the State. It would also help boost their prospects in the global job market. The project is one of the basic services for the urban poor submitted to the Central Government for assistance under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

    The schools would provide training in various trades like nursing, plumbing, electrical, painting and gardening, in view of the demand for these jobs in the State. The number of unemployed or under employed people below the age of 40 in BPL families in the capital city is estimated to be 51,000, out of which 33,000 are women.

    Apart from the job potential, the training is expected to lead to general improvement in the personal hygiene and quality of life of women hailing from economically backward families. Training facilities will be offered at a nominal fee for the poor.

    As many as 20 permanent marketing outlets would be set up at a cost of Rs.2 crore.

    The project proposes short-term courses of three months, six months and one year, with hands-on training in various skills that can fetch the trainees suitable employment.

    The curriculum is planned to accommodate an appropriate mix of academics, life skills, technical skills, workplace preparedness, service-learning activities and extra-curricular programmes.An intensive spoken English course is a compulsory part of the training. As many as eight LOBS are proposed to be set up at an estimated cost of Rs.34 crore.