Employment Led Training Course

Employment Led Training Course

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Did you know people with disabilities (PWDs) constitute 6-8% of the country’s population? Statistics suggest that the employment rate among people with disabilities is substantially lower due to lack of proper facilities like training, reservation of jobs and recruitment to reserved positions. Also, there is a lack of awareness about job opportunities available; hence, people with disabilities are unable to leverage these to their full potential.

APD is a pioneer in setting up rural, community-based livelihood programs. Youth with disabilities from economically backward strata have benefitted from these opportunities. We are now launching an initiative to fast-track access to livelihood opportunities for these young people, called the Intensive employment-led training program. The focus of this program will be employability enhancement and employment generation.

As part of this program, APD will identify candidates and provide them job-appropriate training for placement in the government or private sector.

Our Objective

Empower people with disabilities to become active, contributing members of society.

Road Map

  • Prepare people with disabilities, between the age groups 18-30, with vocational training, personality development, language skills, education and career guidance so they can get appropriate jobs and be self-dependent.
  • Prepare parents and the families of young adults to change their attitude towards their disabled young adults and believe that they can become contributing members of their respective families.
  • Reach about 5500 youth with disabilities each year of whom 1000 are provided training. 80% of these trained youth realize opportunities for financial independence.
  • Include technical and horticulture training - an NTC-recognized program conducted on our campus trains about 80 people with disabilities as fitters or electro-mechanics. And 70 people with disabilities are trained each year in horticulture.
  • Offer foundation programmes for rural candidates who need bridge courses to prepare them for regular vocational training.
  • Leverage our pioneering efforts for preparing adaptive materials to make courses more disabled-friendly. For instance, a technical sign language dictionary which will enable deaf students to learn better.

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Intensive employment-led training program

Intensive employment-led training program

Foundation Course
  • Mobilization: We have data that shows that young people with disabilities, from rural areas in the districts of Bijapur, Davangere and Chikkaballapur, who have completed SSLC or PUC (pass or fail), are eligible for C and D category posts in government and public sector companies. Also, people with disabilities who have passed class VII and have completed class X (pass or fail) can be groomed for specific private sector jobs. 700 candidates will be mobilized from all over the state through partnership with local NGOs, government departments, training institutions and other non-formal groups. Of the identified people with disabilities, based on comprehensive needs assessment, 270 people with disabilities will be enrolled in nine 3-day preparatory workshops conducted in the districts together with our NGO partners, which help them take informed career decisions.
  • Training: Through the preparatory workshops and other referrals 120 people with disabilities (predominantly those with speech and hearing impairment and locomotor disability) will be selected to undergo a 3-month residential foundation course (in four batches) that will make them ready for subsequent employment-led training. The foundation course covers the following:
    • Basic communication, Calligraphy and English language
    • Basic mathematics
    • Sign language
    • Health and disability management, nutrition and rehabilitation support
    • Soft skills and general knowledge
    • Exposure visits
    • Counselling

20 people with disabilities will receive therapy support and aids & appliances. And all 120 can access government entitlement schemes such as pension, disability ID cards, transport passes and more.

Government Jobs

Government Jobs

  • Availability of jobs
    The Disability Act 1995 mandates reservation for 3% of people with disabilities, in all categories of government jobs (A, B, C & D). Railways and Banking sectors call twice a year for C & D category posts. Over 10% of all posts have been identified as suitable for people with disabilities. This potentially creates a large pool of openings for young people with disabilities. They are also eligible for certain concessions like a 10-year relaxation of the upper age limit in certain cases, exemption from examination and application fees and services of 43 special employment exchanges (though currently their placement rate is only 0.9% of registered job seekers as per a World Bank report).
  • Training
    • From the foundation course, APD will prepare 35 young people with disabilities for suitable government positions through a 10-week advanced program that includes:
      • A Performance Enhancement module that will improve communication, motivation, social interaction and work place issue management
      • Training candidates for competitive examinations for government posts
    • APD will leverage job information and state recruitment policies compiled from the Railways, the largest government sector employer, and also from KPTCL, postal department and KSRTC.
    • Initiate work with expert resource persons who can train faculty and develop a curriculum for the course.
    • Trainees will be provided accommodation, food, uniforms and public transport passes for the duration of the training.

Private Sector Jobs

Private Sector Jobs

  • Availability of jobs
    Broadly, the CII had developed a “Corporate code on disability” in 2006 for voluntary adoption by companies. ABILITY 2012, a job fair in Chandigarh organized by the CII, saw 30 people with disabilities receive immediate offers. Companies such as ITC, Mphasis, Intel and TCS in the IT industry have been promoting employment of people with disabilities by inclusive recruitment policies or specialized training for IT/ITES positions. The hospitality sector has been at the forefront, with companies like Cafe Coffee Day and KFC, taking in deaf candidates at various levels. APD has networked with Vasudeva Adigas, Hatti Kaapi and Tabrek who have ensured recruitment of up to 300 trained candidates suitable to their needs.
  • Training
    APD will work with 70 young people with disabilities from our foundation course, to prepare and train them in two batches, for jobs in the private sector by:
    • Identifying potential employers through a market survey and preparation of targeted training modules.
    • 10-week advanced training through collaboration with training centers/ academic institutions specializing in that sector (for instance Presidency College of Hotel Management and YUM academy in the Hospitality Industry)
    • Joint development of a curriculum with training partners, tailor-made to the needs of selected employers
    • Capacity building of the potential employers on rights based approach to recruitment, induction and mentoring to promote a work culture that values diversity.
    • Job placement of the trainees in disabled-friendly environments to ensure sustainable livelihoods.
    • Trainees will be provided food and accommodation, public transport passes and uniforms for the duration of the training.