Skill development forms the pivotal link in bridging the gap between education and employability. It forms an integral part of the ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth’ SDG of the UN. Our efforts towards skill development include empowering women by providing them hands-on training in Knitting and Ringal handicrafts (a type of bamboo), to bringing the weavers in Kashi back to handloom weaving. In a bid to keep up with the new market trends Sewa began its journey with PMKK (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra) and PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana) centers, to provide market relevant skill-based training in various job roles in Uttarakhand, and now in West Bengal as well.
Under our Sewa Mahila Jyoti vertical we focus mainly on Knitting and Ringal Handicrafts as a skill to empower women. Our Sewa Yuva Jyoti vertical helps in imparting digital literacy to the young local population by running computer centers and various programs in computer coding (Code a Future) and Tally courses.
Our close collaboration with F-tec in running PMKK centers throughout Uttarakhand has proved to be a major success in providing employment to the young demography of that region.
In the past, our training in Bamboo handicrafts has been pivotal in uplifting the Brus out of poverty and unemployment. Now with the opening of 3 PMKVY tailoring centers, the women of the community are finding a new voice and new opportunities towards a better life. The trainees after passing out have successfully set up their own small tailoring business in the community itself taking orders from nearby schools for uniform etc.
The revival of dying handloom industry in Kashi, by providing training to the weavers, giving them a platform to sell their products in relevant markets and exhibitions has improved their financial as well as social status. Also, linking them to various government schemes running in the area has empowered them in various ways.