Sustainable Livelihood: Vocational Training
(2009 to continue)
The Issues and the Need

The socio-economically marginalised youth in Bharuch district face the challenges in terms of lack of employment and also lack of employable skills. Furthermore, life skills such as self-confidence and entrepreneurship are also the primary needs that the youth have in high demand. The marginalised youth living in poverty lack the financial resource to access the required employable skills, thereby further keeping them trapped in poverty. Effective skill building program is a need that also addresses poverty eradication cause.

Gram Vikas Trust promotes vocational training programme in Bharuch district in 4 blocks i.e. Bharuch, Ankleshwar, Vagra and Jhagadia aiming at enabling and empowering youngsters from families that are below poverty line. These 30 to 90 days programme equips unemployed youth (18 Years and above) with vocational skills that ensures employment with organizations at the end of training programme or starting up income generation activities as self-employed individuals. It helps rural youth of Bharuch district to gain skills by which they can earn income and be self-reliant.

In addition to imparting knowledge and skill sets in these vocations, Gram Vikas Trust trains youth in life skills and English speaking. A special attention is given to inculcating personal and community values in the youth.

Program Objective

The major objective of the program is to empower the underprivileged and marginalized youth, especially young women, through vocational training. Training programme addresses all the aspects of the individual, and not just the skills such as handicraft or computer operating.

The vocational training centres have been located in Jhagadia and Vagra blocks, right within the needy village centres. Following are the main skills imparted in the training centres: Tailoring, Handicraft, Beauty Parlour and Computer Operating.

Activities
  • Managing two training centres (Jhagadia and Vagra).
  • Training courses on tailoring, handicrafts, beauty parlour and computer operating.
Expected outputs and outcomes
  • Youth, especially young women, trained on skills that provide them regular incomes.
  • Increased employment opportunities for the youth in different industries.
Our supporters

Asha for education and Give India provide funding support.

Positive impact

More than 1,500 youth trained in tailoring, handicraft, beauty parlour and computer operating, who are earning regular incomes from jobs or from self-employment.

Villages and Districts covered

Dozens of villages of Jhagadia and Vagra blocks of Bharuch district.