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Vocational training only option to employ rural youths: Paramjit Singh

May 01, 2020 02:30 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Regional Centre for Entrepreneur Development (RCED), Chandigarh, picks up especially rural youths for vocational training and enable them to get jobs. In the past training programmes in rural India has never been an easy task, said Mr Paramjit Singh, Director-Principal, RCED and rural youths were not inclined to undertake vocational training for employment. But in the present days, employers preferred to employ skilled people and we not only engage with these unemployed youths but also providing them direction and focus of successful life, says Mr Singh.

But the effort of the centre’s quality of training programme has shown remarkable results. There is a long list of youths those passed out from the centre either became self-employed or got jobs in various companies and private sectors. Shelja Sood has been skilled in basic computers, accounts, tally and spoken English and personality development, now she is a full time accountant with Neha Creations and drawing Rs 12, 000 per month. Leena Rikhi (12th passed) situation was a matter of concern, whose father, the only bread winner for the family has passed away. After completing three-month course from the Centre she got a job at NIIT as a receptionist-cum-counsellor. Many have been trained in MS Office, design softwares like photoshop, coreel draw and tally.

Sandeep a graduate and his family was leading life of penury and he could not pursue his studies. But three years down the line, things and life have change for him and credit goes to RCED. He was skilled in customer relationship and sales course at the centre. He was selected an assistant chef with Cremica Food Industries Limited, Ludhiana and is now drawing a salary package of Rs 3 lakh per annum.

Another spin-off the Centre is unleashing a silent revolution of change among the youths of the region as Mr Singh revealed who himself had left lucrative bank job to start the Centre, has so far trained more than 18, 000 youths free-of-cost of northern India in its entrepreneurship development program. He further told that its placement percentage has been above 70 per cent. At present, it has 150 youths undergoing skill training in English, Tally account, office administration and entrepreneurship and career orientation programmes to train and develop necessary skills needed in the present day markets.

While keeping in mind the background of these students who were mostly from rural area with constrain of resources, the training materials in various fields like electrician, cutting, plumbing, hospitality were designed in such a way that it could be easily grasped by the trainees. Equal emphasis is given on class room lectures and practical exposures to the students for enabling them to develop better understanding of the module. Entire course grooms the beneficiaries in various aspects like team effort, discipline and overall personality development which would further help in securing sustainable livelihood in future.     

In a bid to raise a force of skilled people, the Centre has joined hands with Teck Mahindra Foundation, reveals Mr Singh and adds we need to mix academics with skills if we want to ward off the menace of unemployment. Centre is committed to provide market driven skill and various skills are decided on the basis of market demand to give ample opportunities to these trainees, says Mr Singh. The Centre has also the provision to add new training skills as per the changing market scenario, adds he.

When job opportunities are seemed to be falling part, the region surely needed more persons like Paramjit Singh. He has many awards to his credit for his outstanding performance in running the Centre.

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