Modular Employable Skill Development Scheme (MESS) for School Dropouts this year

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Modular Employable Skill Development Scheme (MESS) for School Dropouts this year

The Union Government has introduced Rs.120-crore Modular Employable Skill Development Scheme (MESS) for school dropouts this year.

At a career guidance programme, organised by the district employment exchange and Erode district private ITIs Federation on Thursday, the zonal deputy director of employment Latha said over 50,000 persons in the country would be trained under the Mess.

As many units face skilled labour shortage, those who studied from 8 to 10th would be given short-term training and certificates, to make them employable under MESS, she explained.

Of the three lakh ITI certificate holders registered in the employment exchanges in the state, over 90,000 are in the Coimbatore zone and 15,000 in Erode district. But, the problem is that many are not up to the expectation of employers, she rued.

Out of 3,000 persons who attended an interview arranged by Dharmapuri Collector recently for some private units of Hosur, Coimbatore and Sriperumbudur, only 250 persons were selected, though the units required 2,500 persons, she noted.

The Confederation of Indian Industries wanted 10-lakh skilled labours for the next 3 years to fulfil the export obligations. While KG Bannari Mills and Titan seeks more persons, institutions like Avinasilingam varsity trains youths to fulfil the needs of the industry she added.

Indeed, there is no unemployment problem for skilled labour in the state. But, many are unemployed or unemployable due to their hesitation to go to other areas for jobs. On the other hand, many do not prefer ITI courses, she rued.

Top officials J Vanangamudi, R Ekambaram (district industries centre), KR Lenin (Tahdco), O S Gnanasekaran (district employment exchange) and R Kamalakannan (federation president) outlined self-employment opportunity of ITI certificate holders.