India possesses a significant demographic dividend. The population of India is 1,210,193,422 [as at 0.00 hours of 1 March 2011 - 2011 Census]. Over two-thirds of these live in rural areas! India will be able to utilize this dividend meaningfully when it is able to equip its workforce with the appropriate skills. REEDS trusts that there is great deal to gain for everybody as rural, urban and international community interact and jointly address the challenge.
In order to conceptualize a mechanism to offer in scale, sustained empowerment of rural population by addressing the need of skills empowerment for livelihood enhancement, REEDS in association with Ministry of Labour, Government of India has organized SKILLS2010 - International Working Conference on Life Skills and Livelihood Skills – Challenges for Institutional Development organized on 16 – 18 December 2010 at Hyderabad.
Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, former president of India who had inaugurated the SKILLS2010 conference saw our exercise as 'Human Empowerment through knowledge and skills'.
Our engagement in the area has yielded encouraging results towards developing actionable collaborative training and skill development initiatives with a focus on empowerment of skills at the rural and unorganized sector.
To establish and strengthen the cooperative relationships in the areas of vocational training and skills development, we have established partnerships with:
Thanks to ACPET, we are privileged to take part at the 2nd Asia Pacific International Education Forum and ACPET National conference held at Darwin and Brisbane in August 2011 facilitating opportunities in promoting regional collaborations focused on the VET development issues.
We are an empanelled Assessing Body under Skill Development initiative Scheme of Directorate General of Employment and Training, Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India for Andhra Pradesh in 3 specified sectors.
With these developments of support, we are now in the process of developing viable operational plans and models with sustainable partnerships to fill the huge gap in the availability of skilled personnel in India and abroad.