Aiming at poverty alleviation, our focus is on skill building for enhanced of livelihood opportunities. In the process, we have set-up vocational training and skill building programmes to enable the youth to enhance their skills. We are registered with construction skill development council of India (CSDCI) established under the aegis of national skill development corporation (NSDC) and are a certified skill training provider for training people in construction related skills. We train them at Dalmia Institute of Construction (DIC), which was established at Trichy in 2008, and elsewhere. Trainees are facilitated with good learning environment with advance curriculum, better training methodologies, industry visits and also provided guidance on placements. Similarly we set up an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in 1992 to increase the employability for the youth at Dalmiapuram in Tamil Nadu.
We collaborate with expert agencies, including the government to address the employability gap. For instance, we collaborated with- national academy of construction (NAC) to upgrade the skills of those persons who had been working at various construction sites as unskilled/semi-skilled laborers. They are now trained in Masonry, Bar Bending, Painting & Whitewashing and domestic electrical wiring as per their area of interest and basic skills. Each of our trainees also undergoes a training module on safety at the workplace.
We are also improving the livelihoods of rural households and helping them to move out of poverty by focusing on activities like dairy development, small business micro credit, vegetable farming and vermin composting. Since livestock continues to be the primary source of income for the farmers in our country, our initiatives include identification of beneficiaries (poorest of the poor), getting their bank accounts opened. Facilitating micro finance, helping them get livestock insurance, training them in best animal husbandry practices, also facilitating them in establishment of community managed fodder plots.
In a similar initiative, we have set-up a training-cum-production center where we facilitate women to get trained in weaving articles out of dried palm-leaves. We are also supporting a garment business Unit to provide livelihood for the trained women tailors.