Due to the tribal belt, people are hesitant to send their children outside the district for job placements, although they know that there are very few vacancies and jobs available in the local market.
This means that agriculture becomes the only source of income. Agriculture is dependent on erratic rainfall, and farmers are not aware of modern farming techniques. As a result, they are only able to grow 2 crops per year.
To address employment issues in the tribal belt of Amarwara and Chhindwara, ACF established 2 SEDIs in Amarwara District. These centres provide training and employment to rural youth across 7 trades – Sewing Machine Operator, Assistant Electrician, Mason, Security Guards and Beautician. With well-equipped labs and robust curriculums, SEDI also provides practical knowledge via on the job training and workplace training. Placement support to accredited trainees helps them find well-paid, stable jobs that can support them and their families. SEDI also helps trainees to get loan support from banks to open their own enterprises.
Trainees in Masonry
Many roadside mechanics are unrecognised and have limited access to technical education. To address this issue, mechanics have received formal certification from SEDI Chhindwara by undergoing technical training as part of the ‘Castrol Project for Roadside Mechanics’. In this program, 2 and 3 wheeler mechanics are trained on new techniques, models are also introduced to insurance - enhancing their skills and technical knowledge, resulting in improved livelihoods. Nearly 700, 2 and 3 wheeler mechanics were trained in Chhindwara during 2018-2020.
ACF’s SEDI has trained over 2000 people in the Mason trade, out of which some trainees have commenced work as masons in their home villages, and some have been placed in Government projects at Panchayat level to support the community in toilet construction and tank construction works. ACF’s mason training supports existing masons to gain certification, and imparts necessary skills in the trade to young people hoping to pursue it as a career.
SEDI Chhindwara promotes entrepreneurship to all trainees and supports those with an interest to establish their own small business. Today many graduates are running successful businesses in their villages – providing essential services, employment and generating a livelihood as a result.Know More
Sewing has long been a trade that has provided women with a pathway to economic empowerment. The professional course at ACF’s SEDI in Sewing has enabled graduates to kickstart their own enterprises and commence supporting their family.Know More