ASAP Kerala, the skill development agency of the Higher Education department, has partnered with Cochin Shipyard to conduct training programs aimed at empowering marginalised sections of the youth. The Minister of Higher Education, R Bindu, inaugurated two projects, the Samathva Project for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and fishermen at the state level, and the ‘She-Skills’ project for women in Ernakulam district.
The initiatives will be implemented with the support of Cochin Shipyard’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund of Rs. 50 lakh. Nine vocational programs will be offered through these projects, focusing on the upliftment of youth from marginalised backgrounds.
Under the ‘She Skills’ project, courses such as medical coding, general duty assistant, and housekeeping associate will be provided. The ‘Samathva’ project aims to impart training in Automotive Service Technician, Fitness Trainer, Java programming, Logistics, GST, and Mobile Hardware to the target group.
During the inauguration, a memorandum of understanding was exchanged between ASAP Kerala’s CMD, Dr. Usha Titus, ASAP Kerala’s Cochin Shipyard Technical Department Director Bijoy Bhaskar, and Minister Bindu. The collaboration signifies the commitment of both organisations to empower and uplift marginalised youth by providing them with valuable skills and training opportunities.
The joint effort between ASAP Kerala and Cochin Shipyard highlights the importance of skill development in creating equal opportunities and fostering social and economic growth. These projects will play a crucial role in empowering marginalised sections of society and bridging the skills gap, enabling them to thrive in various industries and contribute to the overall development of Kerala.