literacy and English proficiency can go a long way in helping
people secure jobs. A Bangalore-based group has now unveiled a
special training programme to equip women, including homemakers
and college dropouts, with these skills and more.
"The objective of the training is to equip women of different
backgrounds with English proficiency, computer literacy and
vocational skills to make them independent and employable,"
Dayanand Sagar Institute vice-president R. Janardhan told IANS.
Buoyed by the success of its pilot project in which 30 women in
the 25-60 age group were trained and absorbed by 10 firms across
verticals, the institute is commencing a three-month crash course
from Jan 16 to train about 150 women in five batches of 30 each.
"We were able to rope in 30 women with and without formal
education to take the course titled 'Women Accomplished' on trial
basis," Janardhan said.
"Though they were from different backgrounds, including college
dropouts, they acquired the skills to be employed for diverse jobs
with Rs.10,000-12,000 salary per month," he added.
As a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, the
institute is subsidising the course to levy a fee of Rs.4,500 for
the training course and offering its campus facilities for five
days a week (Monday-Friday).
"As the majority of women will be homemakers or doing part-time or
odd jobs, we have kept the syllabi and the classes flexible to
enable them to spare three hours a day to acquire the skills, be
it English, computer basics and vocations such as preventive
health, first aid, skin care, maternity, diet, yoga and oral
hygiene," the vice-president noted.
The institute has structured the training modules with valuable
inputs from diverse sectors such as IT & IT-enabled services (ITeS),
call centres, factories, distribution networks, retail chains,
small and medium enterprises and healthcare.
"On completion of the course at basic and advance levels, the
institute will award the trainees with certificates. We will also
arrange campus interviews for their selection by inviting
companies scouting for skilled women," Janardhan pointed out.
In addition to its faculty, the institute will invite experts from
diverse fields, including those working at various levels in
companies, to impart to the trainees the skills required for
employing them suitably after the completion of the crash course.
"The game plan is to develop a training model that can be
replicated by other institutes, organisations and corporates to
empower women from across the social strata with employable skills
and create a human capital in the long run," Janardhan told IANS.
Computer literacy will enable the trainee women to open an e-mail
account, write a letter using MS Word, search for information on
the net and use social media to hone communication skills.
"With hundreds of educated men and women leaving the country every
year for higher education and lucrative jobs overseas, there is a
sudden 'shortage' of skilled workforce in various sectors of the
economy," the vice-president said.
"If we don't arrest the trend and reverse the brain drain, we will
lose out to competing countries such as Vietnam and the
Philippines," he added.
(Fakir Balaji can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)