Bridging the skill-gap through vocational education in secondary schools
Through its corporate citizenship program, Emerson seeks to address the issue of school drop-outs prevalent amongst under-privileged students. With its association with the non-profit Lend A Hand India, Emerson is seeking to encourage continuity in education at the senior secondary level in rural India.
Focused on adolescent boys and girls studying in secondary and higher secondary schools, Lend A Hand India’s “Project Swadheen” provides vocational -education and life skills training to make high school education more practical and relevant. It provides students with hands-on experience in vocations such as electrical wiring, welding, gardening, agriculture, basic health and hygiene, food processing techniques, etc. A workshop is set up in the school premises where hands-on training is delivered by local trade practitioners (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, farmers etc.) who teach their trade at high schools for one day a week over four years (9th to 12th Grades) during regular school hours.
The project has resulted in an increase in school enrollment, rise in the number of youngsters opting for vocational and technical education after the 10th grade and growth in entrepreneurial ventures by participants. Many participants have been able to obtain livelihood opportunities after this training.
With support from Emerson, Lend A Hand India will upgrade the existing school vocational education program (Project Swadheen) to be NSQF (National Skills Qualification Framework) compliant with certification from National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in 15 schools covering 1200 students annually.