Jammu & Kashmir is facing a major problem, which is magnifying with each passing day. The problem if left unchecked would lead to the devastation of the whole state. The problem that we are talking about is unemployment. The unemployed youth are more susceptible to getting involved in anti social activities. It is known that jobs can’t be provided to each and every person. However, the solution to this issue at hand is imparting skills to these youth that they can use in their lives to earn livelihood and get focused on the right path rather than going astray.
Skill and entrepreneurship development have been highly fragmented efforts across the country. Among different age groups, the young population of India keeps alive the hope of boosting growth and development.
Though India enjoys the demographic advantage of having the youngest workforce with an average age of 29 years in comparison with the advanced economies as opposed to the developed countries where the percentage of skilled workforce is between 60 percent and 90 percent of the total workforce. India records a low workforce with formal employability skills.
What do the youngest population do in India? A part of the population are engaged in one or another work while others are not a workforce. Those who do not work comprise of children, students, home-makers and retired or old aged population. Those who work comprise of big and small farmers, agricultural labourers, white-collar workers, industrial labourers, support staff, daily wage labourers and small traders.
Jammu Kashmir as per 6th economic census conduct by government of India under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme implementation through state government human resources has the highest number of small traders.
The provisional results of 6th economic census all India report, 2014 states that only 0.85 percent of the total number of persons employed in India are from Jammu Kashmir.
With the present education and skill levels of those already in the labour force being very low, it would be a major challenge for India including Jammu Kashmir to reap its demographic advantage.
Skill development initiatives will help actualize the inert potential, for which development and articulation of a national policy on skill development is already in progress.
Skill development education generally refers to developing knowledge, skill or character of individuals through a process of learning such as self-study, attendance in formal or informal educational institutes etc.
We at CAUSE are in the process of imparting trainings related to skill development to the younger generation.
The following trainings will be provided to candidates:
Computer Related courses
Basics and DTP
Basics of Internet
Basic Hardware course
The tentative proposed locations for training centers would be as mentioned below:
Srinagar: The central training center (Srinagar) will cater the youth of Srinagar city, Budgam, Ganderbal. The tentative location shortlisted for the training center in Srinagar is Rajouri Kadal.
Anantnag: The training centre would be centrally located in Anantnag, which would cater to the youth from Kulgam, Shopian.
Baramulla: The training centre for Baramulla would be located in any of the main towns in Baramulla or Sopore. This centre would cater to the youth from Kupwara and Bandipora.
Pulwama: The Pulwama centre will be located centrally in Tral and will focus on youth of Pulwama, Tral, Awantipora.
Each centre would impart skill training to 120 candidates.