It is a proud moment for the Vocational Training Center (MSA-VTC) near Vadodara, Gujarat and all its supporters and donors across the world.
COVID pandemic has turned our world upside down and a little corner of India is no exception. Ahmedabad, a large city in India has reported thousands of COVID infections and deaths. The city was declared total lock-down with a curfew for the entire city.
Gujarat senior health secretary requested to send MSA-VTC trained students to help/support the medical staff and youth to volunteer to work at the government civil hospital in Ahmedabad.
The medical staff would provide necessary training, i.e::
Maintain personal Care & Hygiene
Use of personal protective gear
How to treat Covid-19 positive patients.
18 students were ready to serve as a volunteer at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital within the notice of 24 hours. We were really proud to have these students who have shown courage and tried to work.
Out of these 18 students 17 have tried for a week and came back but one student has completed an internship for a month & still working as COVID warrior in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital and earning 18,000/- month.
With aggressive mobilization activities across 75 villages, the number of students trained at the Vocational Training Centre (VTC), Muni Seva Ashram (MSA) in 2019-20 broke all records. With 494 students trained in 2019-20, VTC saw a rise of 32% increase in the number of students trained compared to last year.
Of all the students trained more than 80% of the students are placed. the remaining 20% of students usually have personal reasons for not taking up jobs after their training. Most common of these personal reasons include pursuing further education or getting married (especially for girls). Even after placement, VTC-MSA provided hand-holding and support to the students in cases of finding lodging and boarding in their city of work or switching jobs until at least one year after they finish their training.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), for which Muni Seva Ashram is a Training Partner. With the beginning of 2020, VTC saw the first graduating batch for Pharmacy Assistant and Home Health Aide courses under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, for which MSA-VTC is a Training Centre. This partnership with PMKVY helps the students get a standardised training, assessment from external examiners and government certification. With this partnership established, the Vocational Training Centre at MSA is planning to launch more than 15 new courses under the Industrial, Agriculture and Green Jobs sectors in its upcoming campus, in partnership with PMKVY by the end of this year.
The First Alumni Meet of the Vocational Training Center was organized on 29th February on the occasion of its 65th Convocation Ceremony. Since the Vocational Training Centre is a Public-Private Partnership Project between the Tribal Development Department, Government of Gujarat (TDD, GoG) and Muni Seva Ashram, the Project Administrator from TDD GoG was invited as the Chief Guest for the program. Other officers of the TDD GoG supporting VTC-MSA were also invited to the programme. The entire programme was anchored by the students. The students also presented a cultural programme with songs and dances, especially their local folk dances after the convocation ceremony.
MSA - VTC has trained more than 2500 tribal and non-tribal students till date and we have an 80% placement ratio. The average salary of these students is 6000rs to 6500rs/- month who are just 10th or 12th pass. Many students are earning up to 15000rs /-month and even more than that.
Now we have expanded our placement and we have started placing students in different areas of Gujarat state like Ahmedabad & Rajkot. In Rajkot, they have started with the salary of 8000/- month and in Ahemdabad they have joined with the s Every year we try to get 10% to 12% increment in students minimum salary.
These students are mostly tribals and coming from a rural area of Gujarat state where Sickle cell disease found very common. We do their sickle testing in the very first week when they joint this course and 80% of the students found sickle cell positive. We give iron, folic tablets, deworming tablets and also give them two shots of Hepatitis B vaccination.
When these students join us they are so raw that our first-day first session starts with toilet training as they don’t have toilets at home and many students have not seen toilets so they don’t know how to use it. Even like they don’t know which side door opens and in which direction they have to sit. We also give them training for personal hygiene and about cleanliness. Awareness about maintaining hygiene during their menstrual cycle and we also provide them with free sanitary pads.
We look after their overall development by giving them value education every day and develop their confidence to face the real world outside their home and village. After finishing the course they just don’t get a job but they became open-minded, self-confident financially independent women and contribute to the economic growth of their family.
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