Soft skills training for challenged persons

Sakal Times
Sunday, 18 February 2018

Pune: The Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities will soon bring soft skills training programmes for persons with disabilities to improve their chances of employment in the corporate world and other jobs. A two-day conference on job opportunities and skill development was organised on Thursday and Friday for Persons with Disabilities by the commissioner. 

Speaking to media persons, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Nitin Patil said that there is a need for radical change in the skill development programme for the disabled. 

Pune: The Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities will soon bring soft skills training programmes for persons with disabilities to improve their chances of employment in the corporate world and other jobs. A two-day conference on job opportunities and skill development was organised on Thursday and Friday for Persons with Disabilities by the commissioner. 

Speaking to media persons, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities Nitin Patil said that there is a need for radical change in the skill development programme for the disabled. 

“We have above 100 skill development centres for persons with disabilities of which we will introduce soft skills training at 50 such centres. Each district will have minimum one such centre so that these persons can develop their skills so that they are absorbed by corporate bodies. Multinational companies are looking for youths with knowledge of computers and English and these persons can certainly be trained on these skills so that they become fit in the corporate world. We will continue to train these persons to make small items like chalk, candles, plastic bags and others as this training help boost the morale of mentally retarded people and others,” added Patil. 

About 1,200 people with disabilities from different parts of the state were present at the event. About 100 people with disabilities were interviewed for jobs in a business process outsourcing company and 25 people with disabilities were called for a further round of interviews. Commissioner Patil said that corporate companies are positive about recruiting such youths. “We only need to bridge the gap between youths and companies with proper skill development training,” added 
Patil.

Speaking about the scope of job opportunities for, Patil said that hearing impaired can be absorbed in retail industry on a large scale. “There is a restaurant in Hinjawadi which recruits only such persons for serving people. We need to train these youths for entrepreneurship, government, and private jobs. We have seen excellent entrepreneurs even though they are disabled,” added Patil.

Related News