Based on the BPL statistics available from the Department of Women and
Child Welfare and the local government authorities, our field-workers go
and meet the prospective trainees and their families. They are informed
and counselled regarding the various vocational training programs
offered by LWEC.
The trainees can enroll into training programs of their choice: Sewing, machine embroidery, catering, beauty care and basic computer application course.
Women are provided pre-designed training program of 12 weeks during which they get intensive skill-based training for 11 weeks. In the 12th week of training we mainly focus on quality improvement and establish market linkages to connect the women to the local market for developing their own independent business unit. Expert guest lectures expose and coach them on market linkages and the contemporary world of the trade they have chosen. Technological developments are discussed and explained during the vocational training. They also receive other trainings to help them carry out their jobs easily. Experts are roped in to provide further training in Banking, Budgeting, Gender equity & Finance training.
Forming Self-Help Groups
The trainees are exposed to the linkage with the banks and are assisted in building Self-Help Groups. 'Gramshree', is engaged in providing advanced on-the-job training and marketing of handicrafts to the trained women. Trainers from 'Gramshree' impart required skills to produce quality products for open market.
The program culminates with the 12th week focusing on quality improvement, establishing market linkage, exposure visit to make the training stronger and result-oriented. Market-linkage is the most crucial part focused by Project 'Life', because this is the area where their vocational training will come to help in generating revenue.
After the training grand ceremony is arranged and certificate are distributed to the trainee participants.
Certificate distribution process is not just ceremonial. It recognizes the efforts the trainee women have to put in and fight all odds to get trained.This certificate becomes a sort of passport for the trained women to get up on their feet, hold their head high and a make a respectable living.
Material Distribution: Entrepreneurship Kit of sewing and embroidery electronic machines, catering kits, beautician's kit are given to all the trainees free of cost on the basis of the course opted by them. The kit is distributed to empower them to take up individual enterprises. The widows and BPL women attending computer application course are facilitated with subsidized computer loan.
Technologically upgraded sewing machines are used to provide training. Widows and women from BPL category are trained and provided with market linkage by LWEC by arranging meetings with wholesalers and retailers of local market. This is done in order to enable them to earn average INR Rs.5000/- per month.
Catering : We encourage catering as a vocation and provide market linkage through 'Heena Mahila Mandal' at Ahmedabad, which has earned a certain goodwill in supply of snacks prepared by women trained from LWEC. This unit is facilitated and supported by Project 'Life' Trustee and Project Leader Shree Kiritbhai Vassa.
Impact assessment :
Impact assessment is done from received feedbacks up to 3 months after the training ends GDs and FGIs (Group Discussions and Focus Group Interviews) are conducted with the beneficiaries to know about the changes in their lives.
Project evaluation & Dissemination :
After the impact assessment & feedback received for the same has been obtained, the detailed evaluation report is prepared & disseminated to the different stakeholders of the project.