Board this ‘bus’ and equip yourself with soft skills

Magic Bus India Foundation launches a free training module, Connect, for the benefit of unemployed youth

Updated - June 13, 2016 12:33 pm IST

Published - May 12, 2014 08:21 pm IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

Charting out a 45-day free training module to equip unemployed youth with soft skills, the local chapter of the Magic Bus India Foundation has come up with a new plan this summer.

On Monday, representatives of the foundation launched a soft skill training course termed ‘Connect’ covering three subjects — computer training, activity-based soft skill workshop, and spoken English classes.

The first batch of the course began with an activity-based soft skill training programme, where 20 students from neighbouring localities such as Peda Jalaripeta, Lawson’s Bay Colony, Appu Ghar participated.

With an intention to make the sessions as lively as possible, some of the trainers have been outsourced. ‘Connect’ mainly concentrates on two aspects — economic empowerment of youth through positive social development and providing sustainable livelihood choices.

In order to meet the growing demand, the training programme will be conducted at various community centres located at different places of the district.

Placement support

Post-training, the organisers plan to extend their support for placements as well.

“Depending on the aspirants’ expertise, we want to offer placements or enhance their skills further by enrolling them in other training programmes. The main objective is to create a systematic change and help them pick up employability skills so that they can earn a livelihood,” programme manager of Magic Bus Sri Krishna said.

Once the pilot batch completes its training module, the Magic Bus will be moving to different localities such as Gajuwaka and other community centres to cater to the needs of the rural groups.

Among other invitees, S. Trinadha Rao of Andhra University Ever Green Engineers, P.V.N. Madhav of Institute of Cost Accountants of India, and training-cum-monitoring officer of Magic Bus Ch. Srinivas attended the inaugural programme.

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