The skill development projects of Western Coalfields Ltd. (WCL) have brought positive changes and opened an array of opportunities for the rural youths and women. According to WCL officials, so far the coal utility has trained about 10,000 PAPs and villagers living in and around of its command areas through its Skill Development Centres and vocational training centres with disciplines and fields ranging from Entrepreneurship development, Women empowerment, Farmers/Agro-based occupations, Paramedic, Nursing, computer education to technical training like Fitter, Electrician, Motor winding, Machinist, Welder, mobile repair, Injection Moulding, Plastic Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Plastic Processing, etc.
WCL in its endeavour to focus on the employability and sustained livelihood of rural youth and project affected persons through its Skill Development Programmes, has established Four Skill Development Centres. Two Skill Development Centres are situated at Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh and other two are located in Nagpur and Chandrapur districts of Maharashtra. The Vocational Training Centres of WCL present in all its areas further add to the outreach of Skill Development and training.
Skill Development Projects of WCL like Udaan, Kisan, Shakti, Arogya, etc., have their own target groups with specific objectives like promoting self-employment, increasing agricultural output, empowering women and seeking employability in health sector and industries.
At its Skill development Centre (at HEMMTI, Durgapur) in Chandrapur, WCL has joined hands for imparting training with CIPET (Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology) working under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, to conduct job oriented vocational skill development training programmes of 4 to 6 months for approximate 520 beneficiaries in the trade encompassing fields like Machine Operator – Injection Moulding, Plastic Extrusion, Blow Moulding, Plastic Processing. Placement of the trained candidates is also the mandate of CIPET under the MoU with WCL.
Aspiring youngsters specially coming from the villages are major beneficiary of these Skill Development Programmes and many of them have either taken up self-employment or working in various private companies and living a dignified life while supporting their families. The best aspect of the whole endeavour is that these youth have realized their potential and also inspiring others to dream and work for a sustainable future.
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