Building Skills, Building Futures

Specialized vocational training course for women in Haryana on plastic engineering

Building Skills, Building Futures
Kavita (right) on the CIPET lab floor, handling a helmet visor, one of the plastic products her batch has been trained on moulding. [Photo: Ruhani Kaur/UNDP India-DISHA]

For Kavita, a 23 year-old mother of two, educated till the eighth  grade and from a poor family, the very idea of being employed was, until a few months ago, a distant dream. Today, she is on the cusp of a new life, equipped with a certificate that guarantees her a job in the niche plastic engineering sector that could pay her upto  INR 10, 000 (approx. USD 150)  each month. She will also be the first woman in her family to venture out for work in Haryana, a state with one of India’s lowest female workforce participation rates.

Highlights

  • First batch of young women successfully completed a three-month training course on plastic engineering in Haryana, a state with one of the lowest female workforce participation rates in India.
  • Training curriculum is a blend of theory and soft skills as well as practical hands-on training on operating machines used for injection moulding and plastic processing.
  • The vocational training course will enable young women across the state to find employment on the factory floors in the plastic engineering and technology sector.
  • This pilot is part of a three-year collaboration between the India Development Foundation, UNDP and Xyntéo, supported by IKEA Foundation.

Kavita is part of the first batch of young women to have successfully completed a three-month training course on plastic engineering facilitated by Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. The training took place in Murthal, Haryana. Fifty percent of the trainees have been placed in companies in neighbouring industrial hubs.

The vocational training course will enable young women across Haryana to find employment on the factory floors in the plastic engineering and technology sector. The training curriculum includes a blended mix of theory and soft skills as well as practical hands-on training on operating machines used for injection moulding and plastic processing. Women trained at the CIPET centre in Murthal will also have free accommodation and meals in an on-campus hostel and receive a stipend for the duration of the training.

This innovative pilot is part of a three-year collaboration between the India Development Foundation, UNDP and Xyntéo, supported by IKEA Foundation, that seeks to impact the lives of one million women in India through training, entrepreneurial skill development and employment, as well as to develop a new model of public-private collaboration that can be adapted and replicated across India.

Speaking at the certificate distribution and valedictory function of the training programme, Clement Chauvet, Chief, Skills and Business Development, UNDP, said, “Financial independence is crucial for women, and it benefits their families and communities. It also helps build a cadre of women who can serve as role models for young women aspiring to participate in India’s workforce.“

R.T.Nagaralli, Director and Head of CIPET, said “The programme has been successful in mobilizing and motivating young women to be skilled in plastic processing.”

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Photos: Ruhani Kaur/UNDP India

While Kavita awaits placement, her batchmate, 20 year-old Khushboo, has been placed at a well-known company in Neemrana and is set to start working in the next couple of days. She is excited about what lies ahead, “I feel like I have the wings to fly. I am excited about being self-reliant and don’t need to depend on anyone financially.”

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