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Assessing the Learning

Measuring the value of Training

Assessment is the engine that drives student learning. Learners need constant feedback more than they need constant teaching. How do we know whether we are learning right?

RuralShores Skills Academy (RSA) ties up with NGO’s and Foundations for providing training, courseware and certifications for its courses through its mechanism of online assessments.

Recently RSA conducted the first online assessment and practical test for a well-known NGO which is involved in training deaf students. Like with any other student or learner, it is imperative that we check the student’s learning to gauge their understanding and assessments and tests are the only way to do so. And when the students are deaf, it becomes vital that we test them physically through online and practical assessments because their hearing impairment prevents the normal evaluation of students’ understanding through instant verbal interactions.

So 3 months into the Basic IT and Data Entry Operator (DEO) course, it was time to conduct the final assessments and evaluate the deaf students’ knowledge about the courses and what they had learnt during the training.

Starting the Assessment

The assessment started at 10 am in the morning. The students seemed nervous. I was the assessor. My first job was to calm them down. Then I explained the general instructions to be followed during the assessment. An interpreter was present to constantly translate everything I said into sign language. I watched the interpreter translating my words into sign language using his hands and fingers which moved so fast, they seemed to be doing a jazz to someone who doesn’t know Indian Sign Language. I tried to make them laugh to break through the nervousness which gripped the students. I tried to encourage them by appreciating them for all the hard work and effort they had put into coming from places as far as 70 kms away every single day and some even relocating from far off villages to be closer to the center.

There were so many students we had to split them into two batches.

Learning Management System

The assessment began with an online test on our Learning Management System (LMS). LMS is a software we use to manage all the data pertaining to students, their training and assessments. The test went off smoothly and the results were available for each student right after they finished their exam. The online test was followed by a practical test.

What did we Test?

The students were tested on their typing speeds, MS office applications and were made to apply their learning and knowledge by solving real work place related problems.

The students having typing speeds with 98% accuracy were between 25-28 wpm.  They had a little trouble comprehending the English language in the questions, so we explained and clarified it to them; after which their laser-like focus was back and they jumped into the battlefield on all fours and started off ticking away the problems given to them quickly.

The students finished the practical exam in the given duration and were quite excited since this was the first time they were doing a practical test and online test which gave them a detailed analysis of their test results. Fortunately, all the students did well in the assessment which was a big achievement for both the NGO involved in their training as well as RSA.

The students were really happy after seeing their test results. They were trained on Data Entry Operator course and were instructed that accuracy is very important in this job role and that typing less and accurate data was better than typing large amount of incorrect data. Quality always holds eminence over quantity!

RSA looks forward to work with NGOs, Foundations or any organization who want support for conducting quality training, standardized assessments and certifications from RSA, which is an NSDC certified training partner.  RSA will also provide for the placements of the students/learners. RSA genuinely wants to work for the development of the needy students and advancement of every section of the society. And we all know that behaviour, process and passion of conducting training is critical to facilitate the right learning for the students.

– Mrinal Roka

Finding the Purpose of Life

RuralShores Skills Academy – Mermaid in the Sea of Sorrow

 My name is Mina Rafique Shaikh. I have completed B.Sc. (Industrial Science). I am from Shingnapur village which is situated approximately 6 Km from Kopargaon. I belong to a middle class family. My family includes my parents and two sisters.

About a year ago, I was facing some personal issues and was depressed and suicidal. My family was going through a financial crisis and I was struggling to find a reason to live. One day, I was sitting at my home feeling dejected and low-spirited. Maybe the God sensed my misery or maybe it was a pleasant coincidence in my life that my neighbor uncle who was aware of my situation came to meet me. He asked me to join RuralShores Skills Academy (RSA) – if only for refreshing my brain and changing my mindset.

 It was my first day at RSA, when the trainer sir at RSA asked me to introduce myself in the class. This forced me to focus on myself, my strengths and my abilities. Who am I?

 The casual first self-introduction just didn’t introduce me in the front of the class but also reminded me of my identity. After a counselling session at RSA, I realized my life need not be ended just yet. I happily realized that I have the caliber to prove myself with my skills and knowledge. I decided to develop my identity. I am going to be someone!

 Thereafter, I got trained in basic computer skills and typing. I started regaining my lost confidence. All thanks to RSA team at Kopargaon. They were like “mermaids in the sea of sorrow” and came to save me from drowning myself. I didn’t even have the money to pay the fees for the training. I was lucky to have Chandrao Sir who trusted me and gave me a chance to complete my training by paying my fees from his own pocket. In the class, I found many other students struggling with one or the other reason and I realized I am not alone. Difficulties are present everywhere. We need to deal with them.

 Thereafter, I was called for an interview at RSBS. I belonged to the batch of 30 students who sat for the interview and I was selected as a Process Associate. I now set a new aim for myself. I decided I will prove that girls can survive without support if they get proper guidance and skill training. It was RSA who gave me a new birth.

 I have previous work-experience. The event of first salary happiness had happened years ago in my life. But this salary at RSBS gave me a heartfelt satisfaction. For some reason, it was beyond the first salary moment.

 Today I am SPA for Quality and Training department in Non-telecom process. I am the first SPA in Kopargaon center to be acknowledged. I am grateful to our DGM who recognized my abilities and gave me a chance to progress and bloom in my career.

Not only my family but all my neighbors are proud of me for achieving this great victory.

 I have learnt, the most important thing is,

“Do what you love, if not

Love what you do”.

 I believe we must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.

Special thanks to RSA and RSBS RuralShores, Kopargaon!

Sincerely,

Mina Shaikh

Foundational Training Batch 2016

Kopargaon, Maharashtra.

Why Foundation Course?

Inter-Ministerial Dialogue on the ‘Inclusion of Victims of Trafficking and the Vulnerable in Skill Development’

We build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Isaac Newton

I came across a river and realized I don’t know how to swim. What do I do?  Should I try learning swimming? But there is still a possibility of drowning in deep bitter waters. And so I sit on the frozen land on my side of the bank of the river and gaze into the alluring bright sunny sky and swaying green fields underneath on the other side of the river? If only someone could build a bridge over the bitter waters flowing beneath.

While reaching out to the unprivileged and disadvantaged youth to help and guide them to skill development training programmes, the social enterprises found that this disadvantaged section of society has varied educational backgrounds – no education to little education to a miniscule proportion of Xth and XIIth pass-outs. You might want to skill them to make them employable and help build their career and lives to a bright future ahead. But how would you teach a skill like Data Entry or Retail sales to someone who doesn’t know how to talk or spell. To someone who hasn’t even seen a computer. Would she be able to survive in a technologically-driven business world?

So there is this river of illiteracy of different levels and these youth need a bridge to gain a certain knowledge level that will open the door of skill training programmes for them. And this is what the Foundation Course is!

The Foundation Course

At the Inter-ministerial Dialogue on the ‘Inclusion of Victims of Trafficking and the Vulnerable in Skill Development’ hosted by Justice & Care, it was repeatedly emphasized that a bridge course is a necessity to address the gaps that exist within the learning space for the youth disadvantaged in different ways. This Foundation Course program aims to build the aptitude, attitude and abilities of the youth and prepare him/her for skill training programs.

RuralShores Skills Academy, a skill development training agency and Justice & Care, an NGO involved in rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of victims of human trafficking worked together to design this Foundation Course program to train the survivors of trafficking. The Foundation Course is a three month, 360-hour program. It is a bridge course that will prepare the students to take training in technical domain training.

The Course Structure

The Course Structure addresses Life Skills – for example Time Management, Forgiveness, Personal Grooming, Self-Esteem, Hard Work and Persistence, Managing Finance and so on. It also covers Functional Literacy – like English writing and Mathematics.  We added Basic IT and Digital Literacy to make it holistic and complete.  The Sectoral Orientation is also provided as an over view of different Industries with support on career planning.

The modules catering to different objectives are designed to develop the knowledge as well as the personality of the student. The Foundation Course enables the students to talk, read and write English, work on computers besides giving them some insight and direction on how to deal with various components that makes a person and his/her life.

While we cannot cover the proper course curriculum of regular schooling in 3 months, the Foundation Course ensures the students at least find their feet to stand and become ready to move forward. Skill development training and quality education leads to economic and social reintegration. The Foundation Course is a means to reach there.

– Shruti Patwal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Lives Purposefully

Launch of the Foundation Course for survivors of human trafficking by the President of India

They say recognition is the greatest motivator. And when it comes from the head of state of India, you hear it – amidst the loud applause – the sound of the stone that you dropped onto the ocean and see the waves it made far and wide.

We did it – its official! More than it ever could be. Not that this is the first time a training course we built is now officially a part of government sponsored skill training programme. We are NSDC authorised funded training partners from last 4 years.  And our courses are certified by NSDC. But this one was rewarded by the recognition from the highest echelon of national leaders representing the whole country and that is what you see – not just the President but what he represents – the people of the country recognizing your efforts, innovation and hard-work. And that’s the magnitude to behold!

Launch of Foundation Course

This is how it was on the launch of the NSDC sponsored Foundation Course – a bridge program that provides for the inclusion of survivors of human trafficking to skill development programs by Shri Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India.

 

This Foundation Course is the baby we created, nourished and nurtured and gave it the wings to fly and play its role in building lives across the country and the world.

How it All Started

Skilling the survivors of human trafficking is an initiative where RuralShores Skills Academy is a training partner. We created this Foundation Course along with Justice & Care, an NGO working with victims of human trafficking, worked and re-worked on it, moulding it to the requirements of the survivors. Training the survivor girls of human trafficking isn’t an easy task – they are poor, broken, physically and mentally exploited with little to no educational background. Justice & Care has been seeing the harassed mental state of the survivors, and approached us to build a course in Life Skills to help the survivors cope up with the adversities they faced and move on in life.  We came up with a set of life skills and professional skills these girls would be tutored on to survive in a business environment. We also train these girls in communication and computer skills, so that they can communicate in the technologically-enabled corporate world. Then we train them in domain skills through courses like retail and domestic BPO, so that they can become adept in a job-oriented skill. Our trainers visit the shelter homes daily for training these girls. We equip the survivors with necessary skills, make them employable and provide placements through our tie-ups with various organizations.

To make a difference in someone’s life is a clichéd sentence you keep hearing now and then. But when you make it into a mission and see its outcome – sharing the platform with the President of the country, speaking about her journey to finding a purpose in life and addressing some of the eminent personalities in the country without any stage fear, reflecting a confidence in herself to move forward and change her world – you will see your reward in her groomed persona. We played a part in making her whole again. We helped build a life. The reward for our labour is a life. Is that not enough?

Shruti Patwal

Empowering Rural Youth

RuralShores Skills Academy – Evolution and Impact

The idea of RuralShores Skills Academy was born with the aim of supporting RuralShores Business Services in its objective of making an enduring all-round development to the rural populace through the creation of a socially impacting ecosystem.

RuralShores Business Services (RSBS) is world’s largest rural domestic BPO. It operates with the basic intent of taking the jobs to the people rather than getting people to the jobs. To achieve its objective of transforming rural youth into confident knowledge professionals, RSBS required a supportive arm to train and equip the rural youth with necessary skills and make them competent and employable. Thus, RuralShores Skills Academy was established with the task of training and providing for employment thereby empowering the rural youth.

The combined efforts of RuralShores Skills Academy and RuralShores Business Services have impacted about 900 villages and improved the quality of lives and livelihoods of the rural people. Post RuralShores employment, there is a 66% rise in family income and the average income is over the minimum wage fixed by the government. More than 26000 rural youth have been trained by RuralShores Skills Academy.   About 22,500 have gotten employment.  This is no longer limited to RSBS but extends to other corporates reaching out for marketing and sales in rural areas!

Since its inception RuralShores, RSA has diversified into various sectors and we have undertaken government projects, corporate trainings and surveys, retail and CSR programs. RSA started with training rural youth for local BPO, and thereafter trained people for Basic IT skills, FMCG/Retail process and sales.  This is where we realized that true skillsets and mind approach will give youth the direction and alignment.

In addition to this, we also train and provide placements for physically handicapped students. We have trained deaf trainers as well as students and successfully placed them in appropriate organizations. We also encourage girls to learn and become a part of our social drive. This is reflected in a healthy sex ratio maintained amongst the students of RSA. Education contributes to greater independence for women in the rural society which has a positive social impact on the community. One of our highly successful projects includes training victims of human trafficking.  RSA strives to deliver quality training through impactful courses, training of trainers and specially designed skill assessments.

RSA services include provision of:

  • Structured training program
  • Training & certification of trainer
  • Regular student assessments
  • Student certification
  • Courseware for both trainer and students

RSA programs are equipped with courseware as per NSDC QP (Qualification Pack) and NOS (National Occupational Standard), online assessment and NSDC certification recognised by Government of India.  This certification can help training institutes and NGOs in the placements of its students.

The efforts of RuralShores Business Services (RSBS) have been recognized nationally and internationally and recorded in major journals across the world. This reflects the success of our organization (RSA) as the training partner and skills academy of RSBS.

RuralShores Skills Academy maybe a for-profit company on papers but we might as well have been a NGO for all the efforts and ideas we put in training the youth of the country and working for building their careers and lives. RSA has evolved from a countryside social initiative to nationwide social enterprise. We engage and enskill various strata of youth of the country. We believe in the potential of the youth of the country and their capability in helping India transition from a developing country to a developed one.

– Shruti Patwal

Aiming to Inspire, Getting Inspired and Staying Inspired

DEAFNESS IS NOT HELPLESSNESS!

Lack of academic success is not due to the fault of the deaf themselves but because of our failure to stimulate them intellectually during their school years

– Dr Bill Watts

Imagine having ear plugs in your ears blocking you from the worldly noise around you. You have arrived in a soundless world. You can’t hear a pin drop. How do you know what is happening around you? How do you learn? What do you see?

Trapped in a hearing impaired body, your eyes become your gateway to the world. You gather information visually. From the basic ABC’s to computers and many skill-oriented courses today – deaf students face many challenges in their day-to-day lives. And more than often, their challenges in the classroom are over-looked. While people with normal hearing ability constantly absorb new information and knowledge through the daily noises, conversations and language that is spoken around them, deaf students do not have that luxury.

Meeting the deaf people

I had never met a deaf person in my life yet. When I was told that I have to go and train deaf trainers at Noida Deaf Society, I wondered how I would communicate my ideas to the deaf people. Would they understand me? I was aware that there would be an interpreter translating my words into sign language- the language of deaf. But would that really work? Would the interpreter correctly translate what I spoke? What would be the intelligence quotient of the deaf people? Or that of the interpreter?

When I reached Noida Deaf Society and met the deaf students and trainers, I was pleasantly surprised by the seeming normalness of their hearing impaired world. We were standing outside the Noida Deaf Society with a senior personnel of Noida Deaf Society and a deaf employee at the Society was enquiring her if we had any problem reaching the office. The road had collapsed nearby. They communicated using sign language and we watched their non-verbal interaction in amusement of a first-timer. They were comfortable with their surroundings, efficiently communicating through sign language. They greeted us ‘Hello’ with hand gestures and a welcoming smile on their face. We smiled back not wanting to showcase our incapability at using sign language or confusing them trying it. You would think they would be different from us with their hearing-disabilities, but they are really like us, just that the verbal language is substituted by non-verbal sign language. They may be bereft of hearing ability, but they have a brain that works as well as us though they may be disadvantaged by the ease with which we gain information from the outside world. And then there is their motivation to learn.

Training of Trainers

We trained them in Data Entry Operator (BPO) course. The curriculum for this course is divided into five modules:

  1. Typing Skills
  2. Basic IT
  3. Data Entry Skills
  4. Professional Skills
  5. Health and safety at work place

During the training when I interacted with the deaf trainers, I found that they have a good knowledge of IT skills and they were very good at using computers. We actually sailed through that part of the course training. Quite unexpectedly so! I hadn’t assumed that deaf are dumb. But I definitely didn’t expect them to be as good as they were at it. The NDS wanted us to teach them logical reasoning skills, so we built some exercises to test their reasoning abilities and filled the course content with it. Nothing better to sharpen your mental abilities than exercising your brain with some logical reasoning questions. They do wonders for concentration and focus.

Of course when they had a difficulty in understanding what I was saying or when they didn’t feel involved, their concentration drifted but that is something that is bound to happen to a hearing person too. The way to resolve this maybe is keeping them engaged by giving them real-life examples, involving them and asking for their ideas to make sure we are on the same page. And of course by making the content and training more visual through pictures and videos and more activity-based than theoretical.

I wondered during the training if the interpreter was understanding and translating exactly what I was trying to convey. I may be talking IT (Information Technology), they may be talking IT (India Today).  Covering training majorly through videos and subtitles can be a way to resolve miscommunication because of misinterpretation by interpreter.

It is difficult for deaf students to build a good vocabulary, so we made our content language easy and simple to understand. Given their trouble remembering and recalling information, we decided we can experiment with allowing students to record lectures, given the available technology on smartphones.

Professional Skills

One of the greatly appreciated part of our training was Professional Skills. NDS said that Professional Skill is a huge skill gap in the deaf community. Given their inability to intake proper information from their surroundings, things are easily misunderstood and minus the hearing power, they may not be able to perceive what business etiquettes and manners are. Professional Skills are not formally imparted by schools and colleges. So we taught them what constitutes work behaviour, what are time management skills, punctuality, team work, conflict management, empathy and how to communicate effectively. Communicating, that too effectively is imperative for deaf people because they are missing the important component of listening. Like any layman, they have to be taught what professional skills are, to mould their scattered understanding into something concrete.

Our Training Approach and Methodology – ‘GETS’

RuralShores Skills Academy has adapted a training methodology to drive its training process – ‘GETS’ (Guide, Educate, Train, Support). We teach the trainers to employ this technique to ensure effective training in an appropriate time frame. Mentoring trainers and students properly is important to ensure the success of a business and ensuring that training efforts are not misguided that may waste both employees’ time and the company’s resources. This is what we applied on the trainers and asked them to apply it on their students.

Guide – Mentoring, guiding and counselling the students in finding their interests and giving them a direction

Educate – Inventing and reconditioning methods and process of training for ensuring effective learning.

Train –Showing them how to do it and then letting them do it

Support – Encourage, encourage, encourage! Create an atmosphere of appreciation and support where students can learn and thrive”.

Education is a powerful tool to help anyone stand on their feet, especially the deaf students as it helps break down institutional barriers and build self-confidence. We must not live under the mistaken belief that deaf students are slow-witted and helpless. Such a belief and their perception of such beliefs through us will only lower their self-esteem. Most deaf children have normal cognitive abilities. All we need to do is provide them with a supportive and inclusive learning environment and help them succeed.

–  Shruti Patwal

Strengthening Rural Youth Development

Step in the Right Direction with RuralShores Skills Academy

Neeraj Verma is working as an ‘agent’ with RuralShores Business Services (RSBS). The ‘agent’ is an entry level position in a domestic call centre. He is preparing for merchant navy exams alongside.
Struggling to find a job, he had landed on the doorsteps of RuralShores Skills Academy (RSA) about a year ago. Anxious and depressed about the continuing failures of his efforts and hard work, he had developed a low self-esteem and he felt under-confident in engaging in a conversation with people. He had a good working knowledge of using a computer and even schooled his friends on it. It was at RSA that he realized what he had lacked earlier.

Essential Elements for Working in Life

Soft skills and confidence are essential elements of securing a good job in present corporate world. Getting through an interview is hinged upon speaking and behaving well. Your communication skills and confidence play a big big role in impressing upon your employer ‘Yes, I am the One’.

He says, “It is important to gain skills and exposure that help to fit in with the requirements of corporate world”. He heard through a friend about RSA providing training programmes and placement opportunities for skilled people. At RSA, he was given foundation training in communication skills and Basic IT which helped in grooming his knowledge and personality. The training has helped him in overcoming his hesitation and improved his personality. Before joining RSA, it was difficult for him to even talk to someone and maintain an eye contact. He was shy and introvert. At RSA, he enrolled in Spoken English programme, learnt speaking English and gained confidence in interacting with people. The training helped him in refining his pronunciation in English. He also worked on his manners and business etiquettes that play a crucial role in a working business environment.

Starting the Career

He wanted a job that allowed him to support his family. Now he is earning an adequate amount of money that helps him support himself and his family. He feels that if he had not attended this training institution, he might have remained enclosed in his own world oblivious to the opportunities that existed in real world around him. He joined RSA and found trainers and the training very helpful in building his personality, career and life. RuralShores Skills Academy (RSA), he feels, has given him hope and vision on which he plans to build his career and life.

 

Improving Reading Skills through Spoken English

English: Language to employability

Our Spoken English programme is aimed at improving communication skills and overall personality development of a student. In the corporate world, international markets and even inter-state trade within multi-lingual India connected by the English language, an employee’s proficiency in the English language is regarded as an important yardstick in influencing and ascertaining employability and human capital. In wake of rapid growth of globalisation, English language is an indispensable medium of business- and official-communication within India and the world. English is a business language which will influence your personality, job profile, employability and wages by a large percentage at both entry and experienced levels.  The fluency in English-language enables an educated person to secure white-collar jobs in the middle and upper echelons of the job hierarchy.

About the Course

Our Spoken English courses are designed to develop your speaking, listening and pronunciation skills besides English reading and writing skills for more effective communication in social and professional situations.

We have activities focusing on English conversation, public speaking, extempore, interview skills and group discussions along with learning basic grammar, sentence formation and vocabulary. We have experimented with a range of topics in the course which will encourage the student to think and deliberate on a topic, thus, enhancing critical thinking and reasoning abilities of a student alongside speaking English. We give them a trailer; but they will have to develop the full story. This course will develop a student’s confidence in using English in their daily communication.

What are the reinforcements holding up the fort of our Spoken English?

Let us see.

ENGLISH RHYMES

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky

The silliness of singing nursery rhymes teaches us not just the words, they stick into our memories. We remember them – the feelings of happiness and excitement when we chant them, the context the words were used in, sentence formation, the time, the pitch, the people we shared the moment with. It stays!

Let’s rewind back to your babyhood. How did your mother speak to you? Not in the way she spoke to other elder family members! With you – she spoke slowly, possibly in a higher pitch, she repeated the words – to make your little baby brain process and get a chance to catch the words and the way they are formed.

Nursery rhymes pretty much operate in a similar manner. They slow down the speaking process, involve repetition – which help the children learn to speak and later to read and spell.

In the flow, we may not always understand when one word ends and another begins, but the nursery rhymes help us learn the dynamics of English language. It gives us a love of language.

COMMON ENGLISH PHRASES

May I come in? 

How are you?

What is your name?                      

What are you doing?

Would you like that?

How can I help you?

Could you repeat that please?

These are some common English phrases and expressions that constitute the basic blocks of business English language. They form an essential part of corporate etiquettes and mannerisms. You must know how to use these common English phrases. There are no exceptions to learning these.

We teach such phrases every day in first 15 minutes of each session and mandate the students to use them in daily life especially during training classes.

ENGLISH STORY VIDEOS

Everyone loves a story!

We have included short English moral story videos at the start of every English class. We all enjoy a good story – no matter our age. These videos hold up interest level and help in absorbing the usage of English language- the what, when and how – besides building up vocabulary. 

CONVERSATION TIME

Let’s talk English!

The conversation sessions are based on daily life scenarios in animated and interactive learning format. They help learners speak English fluently with correct pronunciations.

And these were just the cream on the cake!

The main content of the Spoken English course includes Parts of Speech, Sentence Formation, Modals, Tenses, Orders, Instructions and Requests, Story Completion and Picture Composition and so on.

Our Spoken English course is designed with the objective of helping the student in gaining expertise in speaking English confidently. Join today and better your English!

Shruti Patwal

Why We Teach Life-Skills?

DEVELOPING LIFE SKILLS – Skills Everyone Needs

Children and youth don’t naturally know how to make good choices especially when choices are many and increasing. In today’s dynamic world, having a method of developing life skills is an essential requirement to meet the challenges of everyday life. WHO defines life skills as “the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with demands and challenges of everyday life.”

Life skills include things like emotional, social and mental skills—such as self-awareness, decision-making, empathy, critical thinking, and coping with stress and emotions. To cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, students need new life skills such as the ability to deal with pressure, stress and frustration. The key life skill is good decision-making. And it is not innate. It has to be learned. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as prepare them to make good decisions as they grow from childhood to adulthood.

Our collaboration with NGOs

In one of our projects, we work with the victims of human trafficking involving children and women as young as 12 years old. Given their traumatic past, the physical and mental scars make it difficult for them to learn and educate themselves. Most of them want to commit suicide. So the first step in skilling these young women is to inculcate life skills in them. RuralShores Skills Academy provides Life Skills to help the survivors cope up with the adversities they faced, ways to heal themselves and move on with their lives. In keeping with their background and baggage, this tailor-made course for human trafficking survivors provide Life skills through teaching anger and conflict management, dealing with pressure and stress, healing, hard work and persistence, personal health, reasoning, values and so on.  In order to move forward, it is important for these young women to leave the past behind them, empower themselves with a set of skills which will help them earn their livelihood and look forward towards a bright future. We train these survivors in necessary skills to make them employable and provide placements though our tie-ups with various organizations.As on date, we are engaging with a Foundation that provides us access to NGO locations where such young girls are being protected and developed.  We develop our women trainers with our approach and methodology before they go into the NGO to impart training to the girls.   This exposure is preparing us better and exposing our trainers to develop better understanding of possibilities that we all have to manage!

Our Personality Development Programme

Even in our Personality Development, Spoken English and other training programmes, we experiment with different topics of Life Skills such as:                 

  1. Leadership
  2. People-interaction Behaviour
  3. Emotions in difficult situations
  4. Creative and Critical Thinking
  5. Problem-solving
  6. Time-Management
  7. Personal Finance
  8. Ability to communicate and collaborate

All these are part of essential skills for success and survival in the 21st century, both for active and employable individuals and for development of healthy societies. Life skills help improve your personality. They hold importance as they adequately equip the youth for the active role required of them in today’s fast-paced, complex, technologically-enabled and diverse society.

Youth development is a process of mental, physical, emotional and social growth to enable them to build successful career and lives. Life skills are the abilities that help build competence in young people as they face the realities of life and molding capable adults to become effective leaders in their lives and the world.

 

Skilling India at RuralShores Skills Academy

SKILL DEVELOPMENT LANDSCAPE OF INDIA

India is a young country, endowed with demographic dividend. Mission ‘Skill India’ towers as its top agenda today. Skills and knowledge are the engines of economic growth and social development for any country. Sitting atop a hill, set to command a third of world’s working age population by 2030, India is a country with mission. Lest the demographic dividend turns into demographic liability, skill training is of utmost importance to take advantage of this ready workforce. With constantly evolving technology space and dynamics in lifespan of existent skills, transformation of India’s skill landscape is imperative to take India onto the next pedestal of growth.

India adds 12 million people to its workforce every year. There are about 711 million people in India in the working age group of 15-59 years. This constitutes 62% of India’s population and majority of this requires new or additional skills. This offers a fertile ground for germination of new partnerships, government programmes, training institutions and delivery agents for enriching the skills ecosystem in India. Majority of 40% of population between 15-19 years of age, who have not received formal education, might already be in some form of unskilled employment because of economic necessity. There is a need to skill this population and give a formal recognition or certification to their prior skills. Since this is an economically active population, mobilizing students can be a challenge and hence, the focus has to be on short-term skill training programmes. Sector specific skills are important as they help with placement and aid students change or target new sector of employment.

Of the current workforce, only about 8-9% are engaged in the formal/organized sector. In India, only 5% of the workforce has marketable skills, as compared to 50-60% in other countries. This should give us an idea of the magnitude of the challenge in skilling India.

RuralShores Skills Academy aims to play a part in grappling with this challenge by creating a sustainable and skilled workforce. RuralShores Skills Academy offers a string of general and sector specific skill training courses with certified trainers and quality course curriculum. We have developed market-driven courses. We have placement tie-ups with organizations and we facilitate training and employment of the students. We also work with corporates for sourcing skilled staff and upskilling staff in remote locations. RuralShores Skills Academy skills, employs, empower and engage the youth of the country.

For a country like India aspiring to become a “knowledge economy”, it is important to focus on advancement of relevant skills. The skills that were relevant 20 years ago are obsolete in today’s digital world. Nearly half the jobs may be at risk of automation while an entirely new set of jobs requiring new skills maybe emerging. At RuralShores Skills Academy, we take care of all these aspects in the evolving skills landscape in the country.

India’s growth story might not seem as exciting as one expected it to be, but the sheer volume of its human potential and its burgeoning young working population in the changing work-space makes it an interesting watch. We better buckle up. The world is watching!