Training Centers Details

The vocational training center in Bangalore was started in October 2009 to impart quality skill training along with life skill inputs to dropout youth from vulnerable families. Equal focus is given on facilitating suitable job placements for the trainees.
At present, GMRV CEL, Bangalore is running four market oriented courses-Basic Computers, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning (in partnership with Voltas), Electrical training (in partnership with Schneider Electric) and Industrial Tailoring. Along with quality training, life skills and spoken English classes, the trainees are exposed to real work situations through structured field visits. Trainees are given free bus passes to commute from their homes to the Centre and back.

Highlights
  • So far, the institute has trained 288 candidates (116 male and 172 female) of whom 226 (93 male and 133 female) are placed.
  • Life skill inputs and spoken English training are provided besides technical inputs.
  • Good networking with NGOs helps in mobilizing candidates for the training.
  • Partnerships have been developed with potential training partners and recruiters.
GMR Varalakshmi Foundation started a vocational training centre in Delhi in October 2009 with the purpose of empowering urban youth from vulnerable families. The focus of the Centre is on imparting good quality skill training along with life skill inputs and facilitation of suitable placement opportunities for the trainees.
The training centre is currently situated in temporary premises at the Airport Campus (Indira Gandhi International Airport), New Delhi. A permanent residential centre is under construction in the same area.
The students are selected through a rigorous process. The main criteria for selection are the economic background and the educational qualifications of the students. Preference is given to trainees from Mehram Nagar and other areas near the airport, and for youth from SavdaGhevra (where illegal encroachments from the airport land were re-settled).

Highlights
  • Centre for Empowerment and Livelihoods (CEL) conducts market oriented courses such as Electrical, Basic Computers etc. It also conducts placement drives by inviting several potential employers like ACAAI, HoneyWell, VIPUL etc.
  • Airport linked courses such as Escalators and Elevators operations and maintenance, Skilled cargo handlers and supervisors etc. have been recently initiated.
  • Good networking with NGOs helps in mobilizing candidates for the training
  • So far,the center has trained 305 youth in different trades (247 male and 58 female). Of the trained youth, 272 are settled in different jobs or enterprises.
GMR Varalakshmi Centre for Empowerment and Livelihoods (GMRVCEL)-Hyderabad took up training of youth around the Hyderabad airport in 2006. In July 2008 a permanent residential center was inaugurated. The initiative aims to provide short-term vocational training to the unemployed rural youth, especially from villages close to airport, who have dropped out of education.
CEL-Hyderabad is a residential vocational training centre on the airport campus which trains over 500 youth every year in different trades. The Centre is equipped with classrooms, dormitories, worksheds, mess, library, recreation room, seminar hall, etc., to provide all facilities under one roof.
The courses offered by the Center are of short-term duration, ranging from 2 to 6 months. The training is provided free of cost with preference given to candidates from the airport-affected villages. An entrance test, individual counseling and socio-economic background check are the criteria for selecting a candidate.
As a strategy, technical courses are offered in partnership with academic or industrial institutes to deliver the most industry-relevant content. Thus, the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning course is delivered in partnership with Voltas, Micro-irrigation with Jain Irrigation and Electrician training with Schneider Electric, etc. Partners not only help with curriculum design, technical expertise and equipments, but also with crucial components of on-the-job training as well as placement support.
Apart from the technical training, emphasis is given to personality development and workplace readiness. Regular yoga, spoken English classes, soft skill modules, mock interviews all help tomake the trainees work-ready.

Highlights
  • The institute has trained more than 1203 youth (673 male and 530 female) so far and 1103 (682 male and 421 female) of them were settled-a healthy settlement rate of 92%.
  • Candidates have been placed in companies like B.L. Kashyap, Bank of America, Hi-Design, Big Bazar, GMR, etc. Salary ranges from Rs 3000 to 12,000/-.
  • Partnership with relevant leaders in industry e.g. Voltas, Jain Irrigation, Schneider, VLCC, etc.
  • Close to 800 candidates placed with different concessionaires in airport from surrounding villages.
  • Centre’s work served as an important component in GMR group bagging awards including ‘Best CSR Activity to Rajeev Gandhi International Airport’ at the World Routes Conference in 2008 and TERI-CSR Award for Best CSR in 2009.
  • The Center has been accredited as a Vocational Training Provider (VTP) ofNational Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), Government of India.
Girijana Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development (GIRED) is a unique initiative specifically targeting tribal youth. This Vocational Training Centre was started in September 2010 in partnership with Integrated Tribal Development Agency -Seethampeta (an executing body of Department of Tribal Welfare, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh). GIRED is located in Addakulaguda village of Seethampetamandal of Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
The objective of GIRED is to provide employment avenues and income generation opportunities for tribal youth. The aim is to upgrade skills of the tribal youth in various vocations depending on their education, economic trends and the market potential, to enable them to gain suitable employment or enable them to become self-employed.

Highlights
  • ITDA has provided a building to GMRVF to run the institute and also liasioned with the line departments for provision of drinking water and other facilities. ITDA is also supporting in mobilization of youth for trainings.
  • Within a short span of time, GIRED has trained 108 youth in different trades like two wheeler repairing, gents tailoring, taxi driving and mobile phone repairing etc. of whom 89 were settled.
  • ITDA has also agreed to provide loans under its TRICOR scheme to GIRED trainees who want to start their own enterprises.
GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF) established a vocational training Institute at Jarjangi village of Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh (A.P) in 2006 with the objective of imparting skill development training to poor and unemployed youth of the area and also develop entrepreneurial traits among them to enable them stand on their feet. JIRED is housed in premises kindly donated by Shri HJ Dora and family.
The Institute conducts short duration training programs for both girls and boys round the year. The trades are selected keeping in mind the local potential so that the trainees can establish their own ventures locally without migrating to towns. There are some trades where there is scope for wage employment also, but more thrust is given for self-employment. Ladies Tailoring, Bedside Attendant, T.V and VCD repairs, Mobile Phone Repairing, Taxi Driving, Two Wheeler Repairs, and Electrician Course etc. are some of the popular courses conducted by the institute.
The Institute conducts awareness camps in the locality for explaining the advantages of the skill development trainings and generates applications from eligible candidates. The candidates are selected based on set eligibility criteria and they are in the age group of 18-35 years. They should belong to poor economic background from Srikakulam or Vizianagaram Districts. Physically challenged, minorities etc. are given preference.
The institute provides free training, lodging and boarding, free study and course material and tool kits for relevant trades.
Apart from giving skills, the institute also tries to bring about a positive change in the attitude of the trainees and to transform them into responsible citizens of the society. To achieve this objective, the institute conducts regular confidence building sessions, shramdaan, yoga sessions, personality development classes, sessions on health and nutrition etc.
After completion of the training, the institute continues to follow up trainees for a period of two years and provide all necessary guidance and help in their settlement. In some cases the institute takes up with the concerned service area bank for arranging finance for setting up the unit.

Highlights
  • So far the Institute has trained 672 candidates (351 male and 321 female). Out of these 548 candidates (282 male and 266 female) have been settled in their respective fields --a healthy 82% settlement.
  • To cover youth of tribal communities, some training programs are targeted exclusively for ST youth.
Nagavali Institute of Rural Entrepreneurship Development (NIRED) is located at Rajam in Srikakulam district. The primary objective of NIRED is to identify, orient, motivate, train and assist Below-Poverty-Line unemployed youth who may be school or college dropouts from the districts of Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Vishakapatnam, to take up self-employment ventures or jobs. The Institute was established in January 2003 under the joint sponsorship of GMRVF and Andhra Bank Rural Development Trust (ABRDT). NIRED is a residential facility with capacity for running four channels at a time and candidates are provided both technical and soft skill training in-house. Passed out trainees are helped with bank loans wherever required for starting their own enterprises. Also hand holding support is provided for 2 years to the trainees. As of March 2011, the institute has trained about 5000 young entrepreneurs with a settlement rate of 87 %.
NIRED offers courses in T.V., Tape recorder, VCD repairing and assembling, Mobile phone and telecom repairs, Cycle repair and assembling, Ladies Tailoring, Hand and machine embroidery, Home Nursing, House Wiring and Plumbing, Computer Hardware, Computer and DTP, Gents’ Tailoring, Four Wheeler Driving and Repairing etc., apart from regular Entrepreneurship Development Programs.
Information about the courses is disseminated through awareness camps held regularly in target villages. The selection process consists of written/skill test and a personal interview. Particular emphasis is placed on reaching out to the socially and economically disadvantaged. The selected candidates are given free training, boarding and lodging facilities. The Institute has expert in-house as well as external resource persons for offering the training. Apart from the technical training, students are provided soft skills training, meditation and yoga classes etc. for their holistic development. Post-training support such as facilitating bank loans for setting up own enterprises, placement support and offering skill up-gradation courses etc. is given to the candidates.
Post-placement support to trainees is the most distinguishing feature of NIRED functioning. This follow up helps to sustain motivation and to help overcome problems of new entrepreneurs. Trainees are followed up through regular correspondence, individual contacts, meetings at Village, Taluk and District levels. Alumni of the Institute, officials from the bank and Government departments are also invited to such meetings. Such interactions help the trainees to cross procedural hurdles and ground their projects, besides sustaining their motivation level.
Strategically, NIRED has embarked upon industry partnerships for its training programs which are aimed at creating a win-win for both the industry as well as the Foundation. NIRED believes that partnerships with leading corporates will help it to not only improve the quality of the training but will also serve the needs of industry through providing personnel with skills which are market relevant. Partnerships serve the underlying purpose of mainstreaming drop out youth through dignified employment.

Highlights
  • So far, 4998 youth have been trained by the institute (3171 male and 1827 female).
  • 4356 of the trained youth (2614 were male and 1742 were female) have been settled in either jobs or self-employment.
  • Apart from the youth, NIRED has conducted agricultural extension/ skill up-gradation programs for over 2500 SHG women and farmers.
  • NIRED partners with Ashok Leyland, Schneider, NAC (National Academy of Construction) and Red Cross for its programs on Four Wheeler Mechanic, Basic Electrician, General Works Supervisor and Home Nurse respectively.
  • NIRED has been accredited as a Vocational Training Provider (VTP) of the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), Government of India.

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