National skill meet blames social stigma for youth’s aversion to vocational training

Labour Minister Shibu Baby John has called upon non-governmental organisations and the voluntary sector to focus on changing the mindset of the youth towards work.

Delivering the valedictory address of the Sixth Nation Skill Conference organised by the Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS), in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Mr. John said the country was facing formidable challenges in skill development and poverty eradication. Though several programmes to tackle the situation had been launched, only attitudinal changes would ensure success, he said.

Calling upon FVTRS to partner with the government on this aspect, the Minister said the State had initiated several programmes for skill development of the youth, including the Additional Skill Acquisition programme and Additional Skill Enhancement programme.

The two-day conference saw deliberations on various topics themed on employability skills and entrepreneurial spirit in the unorganised sector. It was felt that lack of recognition and social stigma were hampering efforts to develop vocational skills among youth, which was why many youngsters still shied away from taking up vocational training courses.

The courses were aimed at underprivileged youth who had failed to pass Class 10. More than 1.6 lakh youngsters had received training through the initiative.

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