Skill Development Training for Employment Opportunities
Seva-in-Action started with the skill development and livelihood program when the adults with intellectual disabilities were out from special schools and the parents did not know how to help them in getting open wage employment or engage them with meaningful livelihood opportunities.
Seva-in-Action runs the prevocational, vocational and work readiness skill training for persons with intellectual disabilities for the age group of 16 – 30. It offers skills for protective market and open market based on their capacities and potentials. It provides Self Advocacy training and also provides an opportunity for talents exhibition and SiA organizes exposure visits/ excursions/adventurous camps, for these adults with disabilities.
Training & Employment is most important because having a skills & job enhances social status and provides wages. It increases integration of contacts and opportunities for other integrated activities. Adult with Disabilities will become productive members in the family and it increases their self-esteem & promotes individual growth. People with intellectual disabilities should be taught skills in the environment in which they are going to be used i.e. on the job.
In this context, SiA is looking for adult with disabilities who required skill training and placement in the areas of Retail, Hospitality and basic computer with Digitization. Subsequently, the Adults are placed in the suitable training for the placement. SiA will assist in the initial stages of training.
Details of skills training
|Prevocational Training||1 ½ Year||16 – 20 yrs.|
|Skill Development Training|
|Retail||6 months||18 – 25 yrs.|
|F&B Services (Hospitality)||6 months||18 – 25 yrs.|
|Digitization||3 months||18 – 25 yrs.|
Prevocational Training1 ½ Year16 – 20 yrs. Skill Development Training Retail6 months18 – 25 yrs.F&B Services (Hospitality)6 months18 – 25 yrs.Digitization3 months18 – 25 yrs
Seva-in-Action had a great experience in doing the open placement for adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Star Bazaar & D-Mart (retail sector), Coffee Cafe Day (CCD) hub technology (assembly work) with lot of challenges & it is a good model for others. Seva-in-Action is part of Mission 1000 Campaign with Enable India and in the working committee. Before placing them in the open market, in house & on the job training is given to adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities.
The Training component will
- One-month intensive training on personality development, skills on retail, F&B and house keeping
- Based on the committee from Mission1000 will go for job analysis need in the open market
Impacts in the open employment
- Now 2 persons with ID are working in Star Bazaar with a salary of Rs. 8000 per month and they completed one year,
- one girl with hard of hearing has been placed in D-Mart working in the cash counter and drawing a salary of Rs. 10,000 per month.
- All 3 of them are getting equal salaries like other non-disabled staff in the work place.
- 2 persons with ID placed for internship at CCD hub for one-month internship and they are in the process of completing
- One boy with Down Syndrome placed for internship at Hatti Kaapi for one month.
These are some of the learnings of Seva-in-Action
Before getting into the employment, we are placing them for on the job training for one month. Then the companies will interview and select them according to their job placements.
With having these experiences, Seva-in-Action would like to attend preparatory training for Employment of PWIDDs to learn more & explore Employment opportunities for PWIDDs.