Skills Development Centers scripting an economic development saga in the state

In this era of technology for a barrier-free future, it is pertinent for everyone to strive to become qualified. Considering this aspect, West Singhbhum district is trying to implement the ambitious scheme to empower young people in the age bracket of 18-35. The process of empowering young people and women in the neighborhood by qualifying them in the profession that interests them is underway. For this, a total of five skills development centers are operating in West Singhbhum district and there is a possibility that three more centers will be made functional in the next one or two months.

In this context, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Tata Steel Foundation which took over the operation of the Vocational Training Institute which provides important skills in various trades in the Chaibasa district. The district administration gives the highest priority to the operation of the Skills Development Center, where besides training, residential and non-residential facilities, food and accommodation are also completely free. Currently, a total of four skills development centers are operational under the state’s sustainable development program and one under the district’s aspiration fund. After the registration of a total of 7,323 young people, training was provided to 5,504 young people, 3,509 young people received certificates and employment opportunities on the basis of internships were extended to 1,834 young people.

There is a certain sense of confidence among the young people who have become competent and self-sufficient after receiving training from the Skills Development Centre. Bharti Tirkey, a resident of Sadpatka village in Manoharpur, says she was very interested in studying but due to her farmer father’s limited income, she had to drop out after grade 12. After getting information about the free operation of the vocational training center in Manoharpur block, Bharti registered as a sewing machine operator in October 2021 and after three months of training, she was selected for the KPR group – Coimbatore through a campus job placement campaign and today she is on a salary of ₹10,500 per month. Narsingh Tubid, a resident of Bedasai, says that even after having little financial prosperity, he wanted to train and develop his skills in a trade. He was supported by the first skills development center where he received a term of training in the automotive sector and is currently working with Swaraj Tractor Workshop located in Chaibasa. Narsingh is delighted and excited to be employed in his own district.

“If you are young and looking for a job, you can fulfill your dream by joining the skills development center which is operated in the district and give new impetus to your life. Today there is a demand for young This demand is being met by the Skills Development Center that is operated in the district,” said Ananya Mittal, Deputy Commissioner Chaibasa.