Kudumbashree, the poverty eradication mission launched by Kerala over two decades back, will offer skill training to 12,000 youths in the State, across 93 urban centres, as part of the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).
The community organisation of neighbourhood groups, Kudumbashree, has tied up with 35 agencies as part of the third phase of NULM in the state. Of the targeted 12,000 youths, about 5,300 will trained through the residential model, wherein they will be given free food and lodging.
The objective is to ensure that economically backward youths in the state are offered skill training and given job opportunities after equipping them with all relevant vocational skills. The efforts to train youths in vocational skills under NULM were launched more than three years ago. About 16,000 youths have already received training till date.
The duration of the courses ranges from three months to eight months and cover subjects, such as information technology, telecommunications, automotive, tourism, accounting, electronics, Ayurveda, and so on. Only those with a minimum qualification of class VIII are included in the training. On completion of the course, certificates are issued by the National Skill Development Corporation.
Kudumbashree functions in alignment with the development initiatives of the local government, whether it is for social infrastructure, welfare or right-based interventions or for employment generation. It takes under its wings food security to health insurance, housing to enterprise development, and even the national wage employment programme.