Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development considers education and skill development as important interventions across all locations.
Education plays a vital role in improving the economy of the rural sector. It helps an individual to develop personally, socially and economically. With the increase in population in rural areas, people cannot depend only on agriculture for their livelihood. There has been increasing demand for education as it would help the younger generation grab opportunities in the secondary and tertiary sectors. This is only possible if the children in the age group of 6-14 years complete their formal education, which is also their fundamental right.
While the status of literacy is different in different locations, the main objective of Tata Chemicals Society for Rural Development (TCSRD) is to mainstream students and target ‘zero dropout’ at all levels, from primary school to college.
Increasing population and decreasing size of landholdings is exerting pressure on the primary sector. Accelerated economic growth has increased the demand for skilled manpower, highlighting the shortage in the country. There is a huge gap in demand and supply of skilled labour due to the limited number of quality vocational skill training institutions in rural areas. Youth completing short-term vocational courses do not get meaningful employment because of a lack of other qualities required in a skilled individual. There are also better job opportunities in specific vocational trades locally; therefore it is imperative to choose the right trade for training.
TCSRD runs a number of vocational training programmes at all sites directly and in partnership with specialised institutions. The training is designed in such a way that it can lead to employment in small- and medium-sized industries and self-employment. TCSRD has also partnered with organisations that impart training in industrial trades and trainees can find employment in big industrial houses. TCSRD has inculcated the concept of Empowerment Coaching of Tata Strive, which has helped in selecting the right candidate and ensuring their soft skill development for all-round development.
TCSRD imparts two months basic and four months advance training on tailoring at Mithapur and Dwarka centres. The module includes information on different parts of sewing machine, maintenance of sewing machine, operation of treadle sewing machine, cutting patterns and techniques.
TCSRD facilitates in placement of trainees in the local small and medium sized organizations. It organizes entrepreneurship development course and also provides facilitation for linkage with government schemes and financial institutions.
Last year TCSRD made a new partnership with CIPET for training of youth to help them find suitable jobs in the industry.