TIRUCHI: The International Labour Organisation has launched an exclusive ‘Youth employment through skill development training’ programme to develop the skills of rural youths for employment opportunities.
The four-month training, to be imparted in co-ordination with the United Front for Rural Plantation and Construction Workers (UNIFRONT) and the Bharathidasan University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (IECD), will empower the rural youths to take up self-employment vocations. Inaugurating the training programme here on Saturday, Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University M. Ponnavaikko said the University has certified the Shrimati Indira Gandhi College for Women in the city and the J.J. College of Arts and Science in Pudukottai as the IECD’s nodal centre and Pudukottai District extension centre respectively.
A total of 39 rural youths from Pudukottai and Tiruchi districts, who have been selected for the first batch of the programme, would undergo the training at these colleges. Pointing out that the country was blessed with a vast human resource, Dr. Ponnavaikko emphasised the need for maximum utilisation of this resource towards nation-building process. The training programme, he said, would achieve the goal. The National Programme Manager, International Labour Organisation, Chennai Project Office, Susamma Varghese, in her presidential address, said that the ILO’s initiative for capacity-building exercise had paid dividends in the tsunami-hit areas.