With this intervention, our goal is to increase household incomes while also providing confidence and leadership skills, especially among women.
In Yadgir, the main occupation is agriculture. However, the district also witnesses a high incidence of migration. Approximately 60% of the population migrate seasonally from Yadgir to nearby cities in search of small-time jobs. The lack of alternative opportunities and industrialization leave many of the youth unemployed. There is a lack of opportunity due to lack of basic soft skills and absence of positive and clear goals.
With this intervention, our goal is to not only benefit the individual with adequate skills, but also their families.
We have identified four different categories for the programmes in Skill Development: Finishing skills creates a consolidated employment opportunity platform that includes training in soft skills and language for youth. Farm-based skills enhances already existing soft and technical skills of young farmers and farming families. Non-farm-based skills looks to identify young farmers and agriculturally dependent families and help them enhance their farm-based skills by providing short-term vocational skills and establishments of value chains. Entrepreneur models encourage farmers and entrepreneurs in agriculture with programs where the focus would be on augmenting income levels.
We have partnered with the Social Empowerment and Economic Development Society (SEEDS), a non-profit arm of IL&FS to implement our vocational training initiative. The training is delivered in a simulated textile lab using multimedia content in Kannada. Soft skills and language trainings are also offered to the trainees to advance their capabilities in the field. Our team provides support and monitoring in mobilizing the youth and creating awareness on the courses offered in the community.
Once training is completed, placements are arranged at textile parks and other apparel units in neighbouring regions. We continue to monitor the candidates to ensure that they attend work regularly and to make sure that they are paid at least the minimum stipulated wage.
Sustainability plays a critical role in skill development as this would link to raising the incomes of households. Through activities related to livelihood, community institutions would ultimately become independent and sustainable in nature.
Since we started the Skill development intervention,
have been trained
The impact and transformation that we have created breathe through the community of Yadgir. We continue to learn from them and use their experiences to create a more personalised approach.