Creating Employment Opportunities by Skilling Youth
Against the back-drop of increasing poverty, slow pace of economic development and very high rate of population growth, the unemployment problem has assumed chronic and complex character in Assam. The problem has further been accentuated with the increase in the number of unemployed technical personnel in the State. Notwithstanding efforts made through successive State plans for generation greater employment potential, the gap between gainful employment opportunities and fast growing labour force has continued to widen. Further, the incidence of unemployment is more pronounced in the rural areas since it characterized by under-employment or seasonal unemployment.
- Poor income from the agriculture sector due to lack of modern implements and techniques, the younger generation does not consider it is a remunerative livelihood option
- Inability to pursue higher education due to deficit of required potential and conducive environment
- Activity: Providing scientific understanding of an activity and economical sustainability
- Lack of proper skill set to meet the demands of the industrial sector
- No awareness about the opportunities due to lack of guidance and information
- Lack of placement assistance
SeSTA conducted a study on "Building a perspective on the Youth" in the context of the prevailing situation in Assam, in Bongaigaon and Chirang district of Assam. Based on the understanding of this study, SeSTA is engaging with youths of Chirang and Bongaigaon by:
- Training a group of youths in Improved Agriculture so as to restore faith in the youth that agriculture could be one remunerative livelihood option
- Training girls on sewing, knitting, embroidery
- Training a cadre of youths as para vets with on- job assistance from experienced Veterinary Practitioners coupled with in-house trainings
- Imparting computer education
Youths are keen to acquire skills which can provide them employment / income enhancement opportunity. They are ready to pay for the training/ skill enhancement programme if it can provide them employment or enhance their income.
- The youths, particularly girls and women, from SHG families are interested to acquire skills and knowledge in sewing, knitting and embroidery as it would provide them an opportunity to earn income from home. So the training centre under CYA will be continued and it will be further linked with nearby market opportunities like whole seller cloth merchant, schools for uniform etc. Focus will be also on assisting these youths to access institutional credit for working capital and buying sewing machines etc from Banks and govt schemes like Prime Minister's Rural Employment Generation Programme.
- It is also strongly felt that rural youths are lacking information related to available job opportunities in various sectors (govt, private, NGOS etc). So the centre will be equipped to cater to the information need of the rural youths relate to job/ employment opportunities. Also, the centre will be equipped with set of computers to impart basic computer course to rural youths at reasonable cost so that it can enhance chances of their employability. Efforts are in progress also to ensure credibility of this course by getting accreditation from recognized institutions.
SeSTA plans to work with 5000 unemployed youths by helping them find gainful employment.