SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Asian Centre for Organisation Research and Development (Society) was set up in the year 1981. ACORDASIA was registered in 1983 under the Societies Registration Act.  ACORDASIA has its head office at New Delhi and its field project office at Bharatpur, Rajasthan, where it implements field projects. ACORDASIA has developed a special niche in the following areas:

  • Distance Education & Module-Based Training including vocational training.
  • Replicable Model Building Field Projects including Micro-enterprises for poverty reduction.
  • Communication for Social Change.
  • Research (Action Research & Survey Research).
  • Public Participation & Public Awareness.
  • Change Management.

The organisation has been working in Bharatpur since 1994. Over the years, ACORDASIA has implemented various projects in the areas of: Gender, Health, Micro-enterprise development for poverty alleviation, solid waste management, vocational training programme etc.

ACORDASIA has a track record of over a decade, in providing skill-based training to young women and men in rural areas of Bharatpur. Youth were trained in various skills like motor winding, TV repairs, house wiring and plumbing. Women were trained in agriculture related activities, to earn better and be self reliant. Technical trainees subsequently either set up a micro-enterprise or got employed in the areas of their learnt skill.

ACORDASIA has been working in 27 villages of Bharatpur district under Micro-enterprise Development project. During the implementation of the project it was increasingly realized by the beneficiaries and the project team that apart from supporting the micro-enterprises set up by self help groups, something more is needed in order to reach out to the village youth, who were educated up to 8th, 10th, or 12th standard or even graduate but have no opportunity for gainful employment in and around Bharatpur.

ACORDASIA proposes to provide vocational training to train these young men and women to facilitate self employment/employment opportunities, so that they can sustain themselves independently and later support their families.

Despite large scale unemployment in Bharatpur villages, it is often experienced that youth do not come forward willingly and eagerly to seek vocational training. As per ACORDASIA’s assessment, there are three major contributing factors:

  • They are interested in blue collar jobs (which are not available)
  • Have low confidence that the training will actually give the job or open up an opportunity for them.
  • Have low capacity to bear the expenses of training due to poverty.

In the light of the above, ACORDASIA introduced a variety of vocational training programmes for young men and women who are from 8th standard, up to Graduation.

The Objectives:

To equip young men and women through vocational training with:

  • Employable skills
  • To facilitate setting up of micro-enterprises (including facilitating in taking Bank loans)
  • To counsel and guide them to set up their micro-enterprises/seek appropriate employment.
  • To provide backward and forward linkages for self employment/employment.

Project was implemented in Bharatpur district of Rajasthan where:

  • ACORDASIA has been working over a decade and is well accepted in the villages;
  • ACORDASIA’s training infrastructure is available;
  • ACORDASIA can monitor the progress of the training on an on-going basis.

A total of 1500 young men and women were covered over a period of five years depending upon their readiness for vocational training.

Vocational Courses/Skill Development

Taking into consideration the needs of vocational training and the demand for services at the local grass root level in rural areas, ACORDASIA conducted the following vocational training relevant both for the rural & urban  areas :

  • Dress Designing
  • Electrical Technician
  • Plumbing
  • Computer Training
  • Masonry
  • Motor Winding
  • TV Repairing
  • House Wiring
  • Stitching/Cutting and Tailoring
  • Others

Project Outcome

  • 1,500 young men and women were trained with new skills at the end of project period.
  • At least 60% of them got employment or were self-employed within 6 months of the completion of the course.

Additionally, Women were trained in agriculture related activities, to earn better and be self reliant.

Technical trainees, subsequently either set up a micro-enterprise, or got employed in the areas of their learnt skill.

 
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