Skilling Vs Employability | MGC begins skilling youth, HH targets NE

By A O News Service

ITNAGAR, Apr 12:  As skill development of youth is key to make them employable to earn their livelihood, Mahatma Gandhi Centre (MGC) set up by Helping Hands (HH) founder Robin Hibu, present Delhi Police special commissioner, in remote Hong village in Lower Subansiri district, has initiated steps to skill the educated unemployed youth.

In tune with an agreement signed between Helping Hands and Sikkim-based Medhavi Skills University, two experts, namely Mithel Kumar (international trade administration) and Parveen Kumar (technician) of the university arrived MGC on Thursday to impart plumbing and electrician training to local youth, MGC counselor Tammana Bora told this daily over telephone.

The duo was appraised about various activities of MGC by Helping Hands coordinator Taro Tayang, before they were taken around Ziro Valley to witness the unique natural beauty of Arunachal Pradesh, still not known to many in rest of India.

The Helping Hands after inking MoU with Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and reputed skill training institutes have been imparting training and support for individual life skills, including public transport training, developing social, community, recreational skills, and training for group participants to increase their independence in daily personal activities. This training helps the trainees gain services from providers that assist them to develop and maintain important life skills.

Moreover, Helping Hands dedicated placement cell after through verification to ensure safety allows its trained youth to accept placement. This was the decision of Hibu after many NE youth of both sexes were duped by fraud placement agencies. Thus, it has been fervent plea to NE youth to get cross checked though the Helping Hands any placement offer anywhere in India for their safety.

When asked as to why the skill training initiative was introduced, Bora said that the educated youth go astray without any work and once trained their energy would be channelized for productive works. This would not only solve the rising unemployment problem, a global phenomenon, but also make the youth willing partners of nation building, Bora added.

This is appreciably a novel initiative as barely one in five Indians of the labour force is “skilled” according to Human Development Report (HDR)-2020. The 21.2% skilled workforce placed India at 129th among 162 countries in the world for which this data is available.

However, only 4.69% of India’s workforce has formal skills training, which is lower than in other countries.  For example, 80% of people in Japan have formal skills training, and 96% in South Korea have.

Thus, skill development training is the panacea to root out the menace – ‘nip it in the bud’. That is why the Helping Hands has already conceived plan for such training by experts of various traders in all capitals of eight NE states.

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