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Labour ministry to certify govt school students taking vocational training

In a move that could help thousands of government school students across Delhi secure jobs more easily...

In a move that could help thousands of government school students across Delhi secure jobs more easily,the Vocational Branch of the Directorate of Education has been registered as the Vocational Training Provider (VTP) under the Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) by the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Being registered as the VTP will allow the Vocational Branch to “ensure skill development and upgradation of students in various trades so that they can be gainfully employed after schools.”

Education department officials say a “proper certification” will now be given to the students and “will provide employment opportunities to students who are less academically oriented”.

In order to “link education with employability”,the Directorate of Education launched a Modular Employable Skills (MES) programme for students of Class XII during the summer vacations this year at their schools across the Capital. While the programme is long over,the certificates to the students who undertook various courses will be now given by the Ministry of Labour and Employment,thus helping them get a “seal of authentication.”

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Under the MES,the city government schools ran vocational courses — fashion designing,computer and information training,beauty culture and automobile engineering for students of Class XII.

“During the summer vacations this year,we ran free MES courses in our various schools across the capital. Around 2,500 students were trained in various courses,” an official from the Education department said.

The courses went on for 40 days. Various NGOs were involved in imparting training to the students.

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The skill development initiative is aimed to help students acquire formal training in various vocational courses. “Many students drop out of school after Class X for a variety of reasons,so imparting these skills to them improves their employability in various sectors,” education officials said. “About 63 per cent of the school students drop out at different stages before reaching Class X. Only around 2.5 million vocational training seats are available in the country whereas about 12.8 million persons enter the labour market every year,” said a Labour Ministry spokesperson.

“Out of these seats,very few are available for school dropouts. This signifies that a large number of school dropouts do not have access to skill development for improving employability. Educational entry requirements and long duration of the courses are other impediments.” he added.

First published on: 07-09-2009 at 03:51:49 am
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