In the first such training under the initiative of Tata Steel Skill Development Society, a short-term skill development training on combining the job roles of Electrician, Plumbing and Masonry was inaugurated at the Central jail of Ghaghidih, Jamshedpur. This is the first scientific skill training being imparted to prison inmates in the state.
Capt. Amitabh, Head Skill Development, Tata Steel; Mr. Debashis Majumder, Director, Saltlake Institute of Engineering & Management Ltd. and other dignitaries were present in the inaugural ceremony. The Skill training, a part of the CSR program was inaugurated at the prison.
The 90 days training course was provided to the prison inmates and a certificate was issued at the end of the training by SLIEM Ltd. The course was initiated to enable the prisoners to lead a new life as skilled electricians, mason and plumbers, during the imprisonment period and after they are released from jail. Language, computer literacy and financial literacy skills were also provided as an integral part of the skill development program. These are coupled with soft skills that teach the trainees the behavioral and inter-personal skills required in any organization.
The training was being provided by Tata Steel Skill Development Society through SLIEM Skills Ltd. in collaboration with Ghagidih prison headquarter.
The training programs had been developed for Jail inmates, to achieve the objectives of extending educational coverage to prisons across the state; making sure that skill development in prisons promotes self-reliance and autonomy with the end objective of enabling the inmates to reintegrate into society harmoniously and investigating how the activities which are offered can be improved and optimized by means of a survey of the imprisoned people.
These initiatives have led to enhanced employability of prisoners leading to inclusion of underserved segments of society. These would act as a catapult in improving the fortunes of people from being a mere burden to an earning member of the family. These also brought a transformational change in the skilling domain by addressing the lack of opportunities provided for this section of society. The skill development training have raised hope among other beneficiaries and encouraged them to be part of such trainings. It has also enabled the inmates to learn new vocations and lead a life of dignity and self-respect
Tata Steel Skill Development Society (TSSDS) in association with SLIEM Skills have also conducted assessment and certification of the inmates as skilled labourers.
The Certificate Distribution Ceremony and Felicitation of the trainees were conducted on 23rd July 2019. The occasion was graced by Mr. Omkhar Choudhary, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Mr.Prashant Jha, Deputy Director, Employment Exchange, Jharkhand.
The Jail Management played one of the key roles in implementation of this project. They’ve shown tremendous zeal in counseling and mobilization of inmates; the convicted inmates were provided training so that they can get a job after their release. Also, a placement facility has been arranged for them. Employment exchange at the state also came forward so that these skilled prisoners once they come out of the bars can get a job and re-initiate their mainstream life.
The success of training and development programs for Jail inmates is largely due to their ability to address a critical requirement of these underserved sections of the society