Project: Residential Vocational Training
Location: Jhagadia, Gujarat
Training Young Workers at the VGTK
SEWA Rural is an NGO in Jhagadia, Gujarat which carries out many activities—including health care, children’s education, and youth skills training—to improve the lives of the poor in the Bharuch District of Gujarat. One of SEWA’s centers, the Vivekananda Gramin Tekniki Kendra (VGTK), offers residential training in various vocations for young people.
The training center has been in existence since 1987, and so far, over 2,300 students have been given one-year residential training placement assistance. In the 2015–16 school year, 218 students were enrolled at VGTK, 15 of whom were supported by IDS. These students were preparing to become electricians, carpenters, welders, computer operators, machinists, and printers. The cost per student per year is $775.
Each student’s curriculum includes hands-on, year-round training, and each program consists of two months spent on the job site. In addition to vocational training, students receive lessons in various life skills such as time management, health and hygiene, self-confidence, and teamwork.
The current batch of students will be ready for job placement by summer 2017. In the past, the placement rate for graduates of the VGTK program has been more than 90%.
One recent graduate was V. P. Thakor, who wanted to learn some trade skills but unfortunately was diagnosed with a heart condition and required treatment at a city hospital. However, due to his keen interest, he completed his training as an electrician. Today he is gainfully employed, earning more than Rs. 6,000 a month.
–2015 IDS Annual Report