STEP-UP to help jobless youth

Today jobs that involve skill have a lot of scope and skill training encourages employment opportunities, said MCC Commissioner Dr K N Vijayprakash at the inauguration of Skill Training for Employment Promotion amongst Urban Poor (STEP-UP), held at St Aloysius Institute of Industrial Training on Thursday.

Students are on cross roads choosing between their goals and worldly attractions, he said and advised students to learn from their failures and use it as a stepping stone to success. It is not enough to dream, hard work is required, he added.

The main aim of the STEP-UP programme that comes under the Swarna Jayanthi Shahari Rojgar Yojana (SJSRY) is to identify school dropouts, people who have completed training but still without jobs or people earning low income. Such people between ages 18 to 35 who are below poverty line and stay in MCC limits can apply for the training.

With STEP-UP, candidates will be provided with skill training in the Modular Employable Skills (MES) model for six months after which they will be absorbed or will be provided with loans under the SJSRY scheme to start their own business.

“With skill and industrial training, the unemployment issue will be solved as the people can be absorbed in specific job sectors. This will help people earn a good income and help them to come out of the poverty line,” said MCC Mayor Praveen after inaugurating STEP-UP organised by Directorate of Municipal Administration (Bangalore) Mangalore City Corporation and St Aloysius Institute of Industrial Training.

Presiding over the programme, St Aloysius Institutions Rector Rev Fr Joseph Rodrigues said that about 82 per cent of youth don’t opt for higher education. In India, about 52 per cent of the population consists of youth below 25. With training, one can get employment, financial assistance and security in life, he added.

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