Vocational Training

Sharana’s Carpentry Vocational Training program targets Aranganur, where the number of young people who are reaching adulthood without completing school or attending any formal education is increasing. Even as Sharana aims to return as many of these individuals to school, the vocational training project additionally aims to provide marketable training that will enhance their chances of finding gainful employment.

The Vocational Training Project aims to:
• Provide young people with incomplete formal educations with the training to obtain skilled employment and open future career opportunities for them;
• Provide advice and assistance with obtaining paid work placements.

A carpentry training facility complete with machinery and equipment was built in 2011-2012 in Aranganur. The first batch of 10 students (selected from an applicant pool of 22, all drawn from nearby villages) began their course in July 2012. Now, each year 10 students are selected by our Master Carpenter Mani, (the teacher in charge of the Program), and our community development social worker Anbu.
The training takes 12 months (full-time) and is conducted by Mani. A complete syllabus has been designed for this course, in accordance with national training guidelines. During the course each trainee is provided with; an Rs 2000 per month stipend, a bicycle loan (for transport to the workshop), a meal at lunch time, medical provision, accident insurance and help finding permanent employment on completion. In addition, trainees are provided with care and guidance from a dedicated Sharana social worker.

At the end of 12 months each trainee is required to take an exam. Upon passing this exam trainees are formally provided with a certificate of completion (recognized by the state) and commence a one month practical placement in one of the carpentry workshops in and around Pondicherry.

Since the first session 2012/2013, 18 young men have thus far successfully passed out of Sharana’s VTC program. All have been placed in jobs that provide them with salaries 2-3 times above what they would have earned as unskilled labor. This project is a real success.

To order furniture made by our students from the VTC program, (including custom-made furniture), please write to us at coordinator@sharana.org to get a tour of our present Carpentry pieces.

By purchasing a product you are directly participating in a social cause, and giving these young men an occasion to put their newly acquired skills to good use.

To find out how you can donate towards Sharana Programs, please click here.