SCALE Vocational PROJECTS
In a rapid growing economy like India, skill development poses a major challenge and also opens up unexpected opportunities. It is estimated that the ageing phenomenon globally will create a skilled manpower shortage of approximately 46 million by 2020. It is also pointed out that if we take effective action on skill development, we could have a skilled manpower surplus of approximately 47 million, making us a global reservoir of skilled persons. Taking cognizance of this challenge, the endeavor to launch effective measures will require a paradigm change in our vocational education and training system. SCALE has been working on this for the last 10 years.
SCALE projects are largely aligned to the 27 targets at the national level and include – income and poverty, education, women and children, health and environment. As India moves progressively towards a ‘knowledge economy’, SCALE has been able to focus on imparting knowledge and skills relevant to the emerging economic scenario.
SCALE’s objective is to fight poverty and poor health by promoting literacy and health awareness in the rural areas and encourage activities that can provide sustainable livelihood to the underprivileged. SCALE plans to achieve this objective by impart and vocational education and training directly related to securing jobs and income generation.
Life in the coming decades is likely to bring new tensions with unprecedented opportunities. To enable people to benefit in the new environment will require fresh and innovative approach to human resource development. The coming generation should have the ability to internalize new ideas constantly and creatively and the necessary skills for its implementation. They have to be imbued with a strong commitment to human values and social justice. The tool for change has to be vocational training and education and we at SCALE will work towards being the medium.
To succeed in this mission, SCALE has strived hard to work with the private sector and the community, towards better planning and by enhancing their capacity to provide livelihood for the poor. To make its programs more effective, SCALE has introduced the following criteria:
(A) Positive Youth Development - to prepare youth to earn a livelihood, provide for their families and contribute to their community. Services may include basic education, life skills, skills development, community services and other necessary support services.
(B) Preparation for livelihood: SCALE to provide its vocational training students an opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and competence that lead to gainful employment.
(C) Organization and management: SCALE will provide strong, qualified and experienced staff that is committed to providing high quality services and feedback systems that will help to continuously improve their programs.
Getting and keeping a job or starting a small business is the most important measure of effectiveness. SCALE assists the youth in finding jobs and advises them on the expectations of the employers, preparation for job interviews and mentoring for entry into business. SCALE also plans to help youth to adjust to a job or a new business and to have a personal development plan.
According to a Planning Commission of India report, human development constitutes the first and foremost concern for India in coming years. With this in view, SCALE has succeeded in replicating the following initiatives:
SCALE, over the last 10 years, has developed expertise in many vocational and educational fields. Some of them include programs like IT literacy, training of assembly, installation and repairs of solar equipment, telecom’s optic fibre splicing and tailoring and design courses. 2,500 children have undergone training in such vocational programs. Now about 1,500 of them are into income generation from the skill they learnt through SCALE vocational programs.
- Entrepreneurship and self-employed programs- SCALE has created over 700 participants to entrepreneurship and self-employment. It is from its various vocational programs in solar, telecom, tailoring and information technology.
- Promoted IT literacy in remote and hilly areas of Uttarakhand, NCR Delhi, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and the tribal belt areas of Orissa.
- SCALE has tied up with leading organizations - qualified trained personnel have the opportunity to be absorbed by these companies.
- SCALE has worked to safeguard the interest of women who have a higher incidence of unemployment than men. It has been working in this direction for the last ten years and has 65% or more women in its vocational training courses.
- Networking with selective and credible NGOs to replicate upliftment activities. Such an initiative has been launched for supporting 300 children through IT education in the slum area of South Delhi
- Taking advantage of the corporate background of its founders, SCALE is inviting large corporates to Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to help in the execution of the projects. Some of these like, Maruti , Ranbaxy, ACER, AgreeYa Solutions (a US-based software company), Nokia Siemens Network, Shanti Mukund Hospital, WHO, Velocis, Mistral Solutions, Channel Technologies, TIFR, Raina Foundations, UNDP have actively supported SCALE in its efforts.
- SCALE also keeps a track of its students to measure the sustainability of new or existing economic activities so as to ensure their all round success.