Skills are necessary for modern life. Skills prepare persons for the job market, enabling them to earn their living and mainstreaming them into wider society. In so doing, skills can help build self –esteem and self confidence, and grow social networks leading to a high quality of life.
Skills are primary ingredient for the socio-economic development of a country. With a population of 1.2 billion growing at a rate of 1.19%, skilling of India’s human resource has become a herculean task. Recognizing the urgency of this, the Government of India has established the National Skills Development Corporation with the mandate to develop and support skilling initiatives in India. The Skills Council for Persons with Disability is working to mainstream disability issues into the broader activities of the National Skills Development Corporation in order to draw in persons with disabilities into the workforce. The trainings are intended to ensure normalization and mainstreaming of young adults with intellectual and developmental challenges into wider society.
Approximately 1 crore persons with challenges of various types, are in the employable age. Sadly, they are constrained to remain poor due to the failure of society to provide opportunities to them to learn and earn. Such youth constitute a neglected and marginalized section of our community, but one whose contributions could change the world. One only need remember the great Stephen Hawking as one example among several.
Amrit Foundation of India began its work in Skills Development Training for young adults with intellectual and developmental challenges with a partnership with Fortis Hospotel Ltd. We work closely with training partners F-Tec Skills Development and Sarthak Educational Trust to provide employability enhancement for the trainees. The program centres on computers skills development and the areas of retail and store management. We have so far provided training to 22 young adults from the Sahara School of Mentally Handicapped and Inspiration school.
Alumni from our Skills Development Training batches in 2016-17 and 2017-18 have received placement at C&C Constructions and Bombakery were forthcoming in their support. Jobs for which they have been selected include store operations, data entry and packaging.
If you are a parent/ caregiver looking for skills development training for your child or an inclusive employer willing to employ young adults with unique capabilities, Team Amrit looks forward to hearing from you!