Recognizing India´s massive need to skill millions of formal and informal workers in the next coming years, the government has developed an ambitious plan of increasing the ratio of formal and informal skilled workers in its total workforce by 2022 from a mere 2% now to 50%, thus creating a strong resource pool of 500 million.
Women form a significant proportion of this work force; however, they are largely concentrated in the informal sector, engaged in vocations characterized by low earning, poor working conditions, low productivity and lack of social protection. According to a Mckinsey Global Institute study, India could boost its GDP by $2.9 trillion by 2025, if female workforce participation rate is improved by 10 percentage points. This would be equivalent to bringing 68 million more women into the non-farm labour force. According National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO), there are over 30 lakh unemployed women in India in 2012.
There are gender specific roles defined for women in our country - primarily household chores and child rearing. One of the main reason for this divide is the low social value which is attached to girl´s education. In our traditional patriarch society, women are considered secondary income earners, and hence lower importance is given to skilling and training of girls for employment.
DIFPT has decided to train women in Plumbing Technology Skill and designed specific course for Women in “Repairs & Maintenance of Plumbing Fixtures”.
DIFPT has conducted a two pilot batches of this course in 2014 in one of the slum areas of Pune City. Based on the response and the result we plan to train 3000 women who will be ready to do house hold repairs & maintenance of plumbing fixtures. This course is designed by Jaquar