Gandhigram Trust, Tamil Nadu launched special Skill Training programs to make college students, women and rural youth employable

Gandhigram Trust has launched a special training programme to make college students employable and offer them jobs after training.

The inmates of Sowbagya Illam would undergo training in front office management, sales and as office assistance for 50 days, according to trust secretary K. Shiva Kumar.

Addressing a meeting held in this connection, he said that emphasis was given to rural women in order to empower them. UNNATI Skill Training Centre would start training them soon. Similarly, young women in rural areas around Gandhigram would be trained by Kasturba Hospital to serve in it. After 50 days of training, they would help aged people at the geriatric centre of the hospital.

The trust, in association with Red-ACE, Redington Academy for Career Education, had conducted a skill development programme for 30 rural unemployed graduates at Sivasailam in Tirunelveli district last month. Young graduates in and around Sivasailam, mostly from vulnerable sections, were trained in soft skills such as business communications, front office management and personality development. In the first batch, 13 candidates were placed in private firms and others were waiting for call letters.

With the success of the first batch at Sivasailam, the trust had extended the training programme to rural students in Dindigul district. The second batch Red-ACE programme would commence in Dindigul, he added. Meanwhile, Redington Foundation, in association with the Trust, had planned to set up Redington Smart Learning Centres at colleges across the State.

Instead of training students, it would train faculty members of colleges under ‘Train the Trainer’ programme at Lakshmi College of Education at Gandhigram. After training, the faculty members would become certified trainers of the Foundation to impart skill development training to final year students in colleges.

The final year students would be trained throughout the year along with regular courses so that all the students would be covered. Each training session would not have more than 15 trainees and not less than 10, he added.

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