Education is not the last step in the way of economic empowerment, youth need opportunity of employment. Training them for such opportunities is a vital strategy to create sustainability in society. To bring such optimistic changes skill development in employable trades is the latest initiative of KMWSC.
Beautician is a blossoming profession the demand for which is on the rise. Since 2015 trainees have been trained, where women & young girls from nearby minority communities are groomed and trained to become professional beauticians. Some of them have been placed in reputed salons after undertaking the 3 month training. Opportunities are also given to the trainers for attending special workshops in reputed salons like Schwarzkopf Professional etc.
Tailoring is another training skill which has till now empowered many trainees.Introductory sewing courses provide students with knowledge about fabric choice, pattern selection and how to use a variety of basic sewing tools. It tends to offer sewing courses for beginners, as well as courses for intermediate and advanced sewers. Interested women are trained for embroidery, arts, stitching and designing skills. The course duration is for 6 months, after the course an examination is taken & the certification is done.
Spoken English unit was started on 12th of April 2018, & the second batch started in the month of July, with two batches. The training was conducted in three levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced level, conducted over a span of three months. Any candidate above 15 years and have at least or appeared in Madhyamik or equivalent were eligible for enrolling. The classes are now conducted 5 days in a week, in one batch. By the end of the course, a final examination is conducted on the overall module and then the certification is done.
Bakery aspires to create training cum food production unit. The food production unit is a means of generating employment opportunity for the trainees in future. The training is for a year and deals with highly sophisticated equipment’s installed to provide bakery training of basic Bakery and confectionery products such as sponge, cookies, biscuits, pudding, mousse, cake and chocolate works. The training is conducted by a specialized Bakery chef. Catering to Christmas baking, party orders and school canteen food are now an integral part of the Baking Unit.
Computer course is a new initiative from KMWSC which starts this year with a three month basic Course which will be conducted five days a week. This introductory course would provide students with the opportunity to practice using computer operating systems. Introductory computer applications would train the individuals to use a wide range of computer application programs in using command keys and formatting material for ease of reading and learn to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint to create presentations, spreadsheets and text documents etc.
KMWSC has also spread its wings of the Skill Development in the project areas of Canning & Sonagachi. In Canning many young girls & women from poor marginalised communities come to the main centre of the Project Area where they practice their skills in the Beautician & Tailoring units.
Whereas in Sonagachi, the women practice their skills in beauty, wellness & grooming in the Beautician unit.
Therefore after receiving the initial training and gaining a few years of experience, the trainees are often given placement in Beautician, Tailoring and Bakery or they choose a business strategy of either working with an established company or of starting their own business.