GMRVF established a vocational training Institute at Jarjangi village of Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh in 2006. It imparts training in skills and nurtures entrepreneurial traits among poor and unemployed youth of the area to stand on their feet. JIRED is housed in premises donated by Mr. HJ Dora and his family.
The Institute conducts short duration training programs for girls and boys round the year. The trades are selected keeping in mind the local demand for the service and potential for the trainees to establish their own enterprises locally without having to migrate to towns. There are, of course, certain trades for which there is scope for wage paid employment but thrust is more on self-employment. Ladies Tailoring, Bedside Attendant, T.V and VCD repairs, Mobile Phone Repairing, Taxi Driving, Two Wheeler Repairs, and Electrician Course etc. are some of the popular courses conducted by the institute.
The Institute conducts awareness camps in the locality for explaining the advantages of the skill development trainings and accepts applications from interested candidates. Candidates from Srikakulam and Vizianagaram Districts in the age group of 18-35 years are then selected on set criteria with preference being given to differently abled, minorities and economically backward classes.
The institute provides free training, study and course material and tool kits for relevant trades besides providing free boarding and lodging.
The Institute also focuses on bringing about a positive change in the attitude of the trainees to transform them into responsible citizens. For this purpose it conducts regular sessions on confidence building, shramadaan, yoga, personality development, and about health and nutrition among others.
After completion of the training, the Institute continuously follows up the progress of trainees for a period of two years providing necessary guidance until the trainees settle properly. In few deserving cases it takes up their loan applications for setting up a unit with the concerned service area bank for arranging finance.
A New Journey Begins!
- So far the Institute has trained 1221 candidates (645 male and 576 female). Nearly 85% of them (472 male and 564 female) have settled in their respective fields
- There are some training programs which are conducted exclusively for tribal youth.
Vanapalli Kumari of Muddada village, Etcherla Mandal of Srikakulam District studied up to Intermediate. Her parents are agricultural laborers. Her father’s ill health compelled Kumari to work as wage-paid farm laborer. The work used to be very tough but the wage per day was quite meager. Kumari came to know about JIRED through her uncle and applied for training programme in Tailoring. She was selected for the training and joined the Institute. Initially she was diffident and unable to socialize with others. The faculty at JIRED paid special attention to improve her self-confidence. This brought about a transformation in her. She started mingling with people as her confidence grew. After completing the training, she started tailoring work in her village and started earning about Rs 60/- per day. She was given opportunity to learn stitching gents’ garments under JIRED’s skill upgradation programme. Now she is a busy tailor in the village earning about Rs.200/- per day. She has provided employment to two more girls in her shop. She has utilized the business tips given at JIRED and started selling items like bangles, bindies, ribbons etc. also in her shop to augment her income. There is significant change in the family’s standard of living and the parents acknowledge that JIRED has given a new life to her daughter as well to the entire family.