A programme of skill development and employment for the below poverty line (BPL) households and the vulnerable households identified by the Mission Convergence in the age group of 18 to 35 years was launched by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday.

Under the programme, all the 3,282 beneficiaries enrolled for the training will be included in the pilot project being implemented by the lead agency -- CAP – WDI. The lead agency identified and negotiated with seven programme implementing agencies who would conduct the actual training in different trades and courses.

Important role

The unique feature of the programme is that at every step an important role has been played by community-based organisations from mobilisation and identification of the beneficiaries to their registration, monitoring, completion of training and post- placement tracking. The Chief Minister said the first level of placement will start in January 2012.

The beneficiaries had been identified from the slums, katras and rehabilitation colonies -- where concentration of the poor families is substantial -- during an 18-month-long exercise. As part of the initiative 11 Career Melas were conducted covering all the nine districts of Delhi to enrol the beneficiaries.

Ms. Dikshit said there is a huge demand of skilled employees in the Capital and about 90,000 vacancies exist. The programme is aimed at generating employment opportunities for the residents of Delhi.

Under the programme, Premier Skills Pvt. Ltd. will impart training in Security and Fire Safety Management; Great Indian Dream Foundation in Retail Marketing and Customer Service Associate, Housekeeping; IACM Smart Learn Ltd. in Computers – Hardware and Networking; Network for Information and Computer Technology (NICT) in Computer Aided Teacher Training; Acharya Shri Atmaram Jain Dharmarth Samiti in MS Office, Tally and Basics; Bhartiya Sarvodaya Computer and Management Educational Society in Mobile Repairing, Servicing, Electrician Training; and Centrum Workskills India Ltd. in Tower Maintenance and Telecom Customer Service Associates (DTH).

The courses, the Government officials said, are short-term and have been formulated minutely to enable the trainees to become extremely skilled.