There are many young boys and girls in the villages in which HCDI and its implementing partners work, who have been unable to complete their education. These young individuals were either unable to attend school due to a lack of facilities or financial backing or were forced to drop out of school due to personal or financial causes. In either case, these individuals are left idle or with the ability to earn and remain busy only through select activities such as collecting firewood or grazing cattle.
However, these individuals are capable of a lot more. They can become earning members of their households, thereby assisting their families to increase the quality of their life. To further their abilities and to ensure that they can unleash their entire potential, HCDI and its implementing partner offer skill training programmes. The following options are available to the youth who wish to attend the skill training programmes:
- Young boys are trained in activities such as agriculture, animal husbandry, carpentry, pottery, masonry, and others to provide them with the skills necessary to take on work, whether on or off their farmland.
- Boys who have some educational background and/or those who display the relevant aptitude are sent to Vocational Training Centres set up by HCDI and its implementing partners in towns or cities near the selected cluster. At these centres, the boys are trained in activities that will help them pursue work as drivers, plumbers, electricians, welders, fitters, and any other such work.
- Girls who are willing to travel to Vocational Training Centres or partake in training activities organised within the village clusters are trained in order to enable them to pursue work as tailors, basket weavers, embroiderers, embroiderers of mirror work and such other activities.
- Girls who are unwilling to undertake professional or vocational training, as is seen in the case of certain tribes, are provided with bridal training where they learn to be a better wife and mother, leading to more efficient emotional, financial, and social management and functioning of their families and homes.