Govt project aims to divert women trainees from beautician to mason

By Manjima Dhakal, Kathmandu, Mar 10: Most of women in the country are found interested to be trained in beautician and tailoring courses if they get opportunities of technical and vocational skill development training, but the existing market trend has shown that the women are least interested in getting training on a high demand jobs such as building electricians, masons, painters, carpenters andother professions, a government data showed.

Though the government has been offering many scholarship schemes to provide differentshort-term skills to youths, manyfemales are happy to engage in beautician or tailoring jobs, which are in low demand as there is a surplus of female beauticians and tailors in the country.

Enhanced Vocational Education and Training (EVENT)-II, a government project operated by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoE) under the financial support of World Bank, has been offering training on different technical skills for the youths aged 15 to 40 across the nation.

Now, EVENT has launched a special women window programme that includestraining on development of skills other than the most popular beautician, tailoring and dress making courses. They include training on building electricians, masons, painters and other professions to involve women that are in high demand in the society at present.

Keshav Prasad Dahal, director of the EVENT project, said they decided to launch women window programme to encourage women in high demand jobs after it was found that most of the females denied applying in training of such jobs from the general scheme.

Occupations such as bricklayer mason, building electricians, building painters, commis III, community agriculture assistants, community livestock assistants, furniture makers, general carpenters, security guards and some others have been included underthe women window. The project is aimed at providing the programme to 10,000 women under this programme.

EVENT has also beenplanning to launch amigrant programme with the objective of producing trained youths who are intended to go for foreign employment. EVENT has also targeted facilitating a total of 5000 youths under the migrant programme during its five-year programme.

The five year project would conclude in 2022 A.D, which has targeted to train a total of 115000 youths across the nation.

EVENT selected beneficiary from online application in Kathmandu Valley, whereas thetraining providers chose themselves the participants out of Kathmandu.

According to EVENT, a large numbers of youths living in the valley are interested to gain the short term training. This year, the project aimed to train 5000 youths of the Kathmadu valley.

Netra Narayan Poudel, communication officer at EVENT project informed that they received 50,000 applications for a total of 5000 positions.

The short-term training duration is of three months and the training providers will manage job opportunities for the trainees at least for six months after the completion of training. This year, the programme will start from the second week of March.

Likewise, EVENT organised a fair at Bhrikutimandap from Sunday to Tuesday, where listed training providers would keep their stalls. And youths selected for this year's  training from the valley will select appropriate jobs and training providers during the fair period.


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