In an effort to reach out to unemployed youth ahead of the 2018 Legislative Assembly elections, the Congress government has decided to provide jobs to one lakh young candidates in the next one year. This would be done by upgrading all district employment exchanges as multi-skill centres at a cost of ₹32 lakh to ₹40 lakh on each centre.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will launch a week-long Kaushalya Abhiyan and kaushalkar.com (web portal) on Monday here to enable unemployed youth to register for the skill training programme.
District in-charge Ministers will launch the drive in their respective districts and training will commence from next month.
Muralidhar Halappa, Chairman, Karnataka Skill Development Corporation (KSDC), told The Hindu that the government has established a new Department of Skill Development Entrepreneurship and Livelihood and appointed actor Puneet Rajkumar as ambassador for the Kaushalya Karnataka Mission.
Training programmes ranging from six months to one year will be organised at multi-skill centres in each district depending on the educational qualification of each candidate. A monthly stipend of ₹1,000 will be given to candidates undergoing training. Placement will be provided after the end of the course. The department, which directly functions under the Chief Minister, has been allocated ₹360 crore in 2017-18.
Services of the Karnataka German Technical Training Institute (KGTTI) established by the Karnataka German Multi-Skill Development Centre (KGMSDC) society in Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Belagavi, Bengaluru and Hubballi; and Government Tool Room And Training Centre (GTTC) of all districts have been roped in for providing training. Services of 260 other training institutes, both private and public, have also been hired.
Each multi-skill centre will have 10 data operators and one supervisor for providing services. Besides registering for jobs, centres will prepare resumes and offer communication skill training for candidates appearing for interviews, Mr. Halappa said.
It was decided to sign a memorandum for agencies located in France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Japan, and UAE for providing jobs/higher studies for qualified youth abroad, the KSDC chairman claimed. So far, job fairs have been conducted in six districts and jobs provided to 19,000 graduates.
It was decided to set up a Skill Park on 26 acres, adjacent to the Food Park at Vasantha Narasapur in Tumakuru district. The estimated cost of the park is ₹35 crore and the Chief Minister will lay the foundation stone soon. The park will offer space for private firms to set up their training centres/institutes, Mr. Halappa said.