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Carved out of southern Bihar as a new state of India, Jharkhand was plagued by adverse initial conditions i.e. low average income, very high incidence of poverty, and little social development. 90% of its rural population depends on rain-fed agriculture. Due to lack of livelihood and employment opportunities, many youth join maoist organizations. Thousands of girls from Jharkhand are forced to work as maids in metros and some of them get lost/ trafficked every year. Due to high dependency on rain for irrigation, agricultural productivity is highly uncertain and therefore, vocational skills development is the next most viable option for sustainable development of the community. The state is not supported by any structured skill development and training system of acquiring or upgrading skills.
Axis Bank Foundation in collaboration with NBJK has been working at the grassroots level in the state of Jharkhand in the area of skill education.
The project focuses on establishing vocational training centres to provide vocational training courses to the economically weak and unemployed youth. The training is provided in Nursing, Computers (hardware/software), electrician, Mobile Repairing, Tailoring, Tally etc. These vocational skill classes are coupled with spoken English, basic computer skills and a robust inculcation of values and life skills. The intervention aims at curbing unemployment and forced migration/trafficking amidst disadvantaged youth in project area by providing employability skills and placement services. It further enhances socio-economic stability amidst vulnerable classes by initiating innovative self-employed measures.