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Confidence building: Members of self-help groups undergo training in food preparation and catering services as part of the district administration’s efforts to provide job-assured skill training in Erode. –
Confidence building: Members of self-help groups undergo training in food preparation and catering services as part of the district administration’s efforts to provide job-assured skill training in Erode. –

Karthik Madhavan

Each candidate will be paid a stipend of Rs. 25 a day

ERODE: S. Madesh of Panakahalli hamlet in Thalavady Hills was until recently on the look out for a job. The 19-year-old to improve his prospect was undergoing a computer course at the local computer centre.

His future, however, appeared bleak. “There was nothing to look forward to, because there are no opportunities in the hills. Fellow villagers of my age worked in restaurants in Wayanad in Kerala, and I did not want to end up there,” he says summing up his job prospects.

Today, he is at the DMW CNC Centre, Perundurai, to learn to operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe machines. The three-month course, which includes month-long in-plant training, comes to him free of cost, thanks to the district administration’s effort to provide job-assured skill development programme for youth.

At the end of the course, the Centre ensures that candidates like Mr. Madesh get a job, K. P. Ravichandar, principal, says. Candidates trained at the institute have been placed in Wheels India, Brakes India, Axles India, Wipro and other companies.

Collector T. Udhayachandran says the district administration spends Rs. 10,000 a candidate for the training. Of the sum, a stipend of Rs. 1,500 is given to the candidate at Rs. 25 a day.

He adds, in the past year 10,078 candidates have been trained at the DMW CNC Centre and most of the candidates have been placed. At present, 400 students are under training. Similarly, G. Mary Josephine of Anbu Magalir SHG wanted to start a catering business with her group members. She did not know how to go about it.

The district administration came forward to help her and at present she and 160 SHG women like her undergo catering training at the Kongu Arts and Science College, Nanjanapuram.

In the two months of her training, Ms. Josephine will learn to cook various types of foods and also how best to dress and serve them. She says at the end of the course, she will like to start a small catering service.

The district administration spends Rs. 5,000 on SHG women like her.

Aim

Collector Mr. Udhayachandran says the aim is to provide job-assured skill development training for youth and SHG women so that they either win a job or turn entrepreneurs.

As against the target of training 575 persons, the district administration has so far trained over 1,000 persons in the financial year.

“Erode has the capacity to train more as there are a number of opportunities for both CNC lathe operators and training persons in hospitality industry.”

Quoting a CII study, he says the current demand for CNC lathe operators is around 10,000. Some of the trained youth in lathe operations include Sri Lankan refugees. There are 88 of them, Collector says.

The total cost for training 370 SHG women members is Rs. 17.15 lakh, says P. Manthirasalam, project officer, Magalir Thittam.

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