Most ITI diploma holders employed in local industrial units

Busting the myth that most skilled workers from the state go abroad, the state director of craftsmen training, Mr Aleixo F Da Costa has claimed that more than 70 per cent of ITI diploma holders are employed in industrial units and trades in Goa.

He told The Navhind Times that 235 industrial units were surveyed by a team, which found that 1700 training seats are available for local ITI diploma holders. Almost 5000 placement seats are also available for Goans youths in different trades.

There are over 3484 seats in ITIs throughout the state. The director of craftsmen training said when examinations get over placement fairs (bharti melas) for students are conducted at four different places — Verna industrial estate, Mapusa industrial estate, Bicholim ITI and Farmagudi ITI. Here students get an opportunity to rub shoulders with industrialists or perhaps their future employers.

Last year, 150 students were selected out of 243 at the Verna fair, 310 out of 402 students were selected at Mapusa, 175 students out of 206 at Farmagudi and 223 students were selected out of 390 at the Bicholim fair. Individual industrial units also conduct campus interviews in the ITIs.

Examinations are conducted by the National Council of Vocational Training and the final trade certificate is given by the government of India body, which is recognised by all countries. Mr Costa pointed out that a couple of years ago there was no craze among the youths of Goa to leave the state to seek greener pastures. But now due to changes in lifestyle and standard of living people look to good job opportunities outside Goa.

Mr Costa said the youth preferred to work in Gulf countries, on ships, cruise liners and cargo carriers.

Over 30 per cent of ITI diploma holders, who are trained in different trades in Goan ITIs, do additional courses like firefighting, life-saving safety at sea etc, which are mandatory for those who desire to work on ships. He opined that Goan ITI diploma holders do the additional courses in some private institutes in the state or in Mumbai. These additional courses enhance the employability of Goan youths in global job markets.

"We train them at a higher level so that they can meet with global standards for workforce, and as such many Goans are preferred abroad … ," the director of craftsmen training claimed.

Mr Da Costa informed that there are 10 government ITIs, which offer as many as 52 vocational courses in different faculties: production, manufacturing, information technology, hospitality, automobile, electronics and instrumentation.

Besides, ITIs offer broad-based multi-skilled and multi-entry courses for a particular sector: for example a youth who wants to take up a job in the hospitality sector is trained in housekeeping, front office, food production, food and beverages, electrical and maintenance of air-conditioning.

A 2-month computer course is also offered to the students.

Goan youths get their education at two levels – formal education and vocational education. Under formal education students study upto 12th standard. When they are in 12th standard the desirous students can opt for vocational courses. The craftsmen training department in its part has apprenticeship training scheme and skilled development initiative schemes for the students who want to pursue different trades. [NT]