Skill Development & Women Empowerment – PHDRDF Saksham
Skill development increases opportunities for the people to find sustainable employment or become entrepreneurs. PHDRDF Saksham works towards providing income generating opportunities to youth, women and young girls through financial and non-financial services.The following interventions are done under this program area:
- Entrepreneurship Skills for Alternate Livelihood
- Training & Capacity Building for Financial Literacy and Market Linked Courses
- Communication Skills, Soft Skills & Personality Development
- Mobilizing women into Self Help Groups
PHDRDF has been undertaking skill development programs like stitching & tailoring, computer training, language skills, soft skills etc. with various corporates from time to time to enable the under privileged to be financially self sufficient.
This year PHDRDF partnered with Everest, a leading building solution company to implement Project Swayamshakti – a computer training programme for boys and girls in Bhagwanpur Block, Roorkee and Uttarakhand. The project successfully trained 150 individuals in computer skills.
Certificate distribution was done for the canditates who successfully completed the course. This was done by The certificate distribution was done by Mr. Pratyush Singh (SDM) Roorkee as Chief Guest in presence of representatives from Everest Industries including Mr. Vishal Kumar (Plant Head), Mr. Ranjan Bakshi (Head HR) and Mr. Manish Kumar (Head CSR). Also present were Dr. Kadambari, Chief Executive, Ms. Anjana, Sr. Project Officer, Mr. Mukti N Lal, Rural Development Officer from PHDRDF.
- Kadimi Tool Mfg. Co. (P) Ltd. in partnership with PHDRDF has also undertaken a project on skill development in its peripheral village of Dundahera, Gurgaon as a part of their CSR initiative. The project will train the unemployed youth to assist them in finding gainful employment. The need of the community was to train them in applicable computer literacy and beauty culture. Therefore the skill development project offers the following courses for training the youth – Beauty Culture and Computer Training alongwith Soft Skill Training, Basic English Speaking and Personality Development to make them employable.
The centre is operational with 23 girls learning operational computer skills, spoken English and soft skills to secure a job in offices nearby to their communities. Another batch of 24 girls are learning beauty culture course so that they can either open their own palours or work in an existing palour within their community. The computer course is for 3 months and the first batch of students will finish the course in March 2016; the first batch of beauty culture course has been completed after 3 months of training and enrolment has begun for the second course.
- PHDRDF has been working extensively to mobilise women Self Help Groups and empowering them with need based skills for an alternate source of income.In the state of Rajasthan PHDRDF has mobilised and formed 5 Self Help Groups consisting of 51 women in Alwar, Rajasthan. These groups are working in the area of Animal Husbandry, Craftswork, Milk and Dairy products. The women in these groups are now self reliant, contributing to their and the group’s economic sustaianbility.