YEAR STARTED: 2004

SUPPORTED BY: Manpower Group

The Manpower vocational training centers in Tharangambadi and Nagapattinam have trained over 8,000 young men and women since 2004. The vocational training centers were set up in collaboration with the American multinational firm, Manpower Group, and are part of our rehabilitation effort in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

We provide certification courses in basic computer skills as well as Tally, Pagemaker and hardware, tailoring, bag making, screen printing, masonry, mobile repairing and electrical works. Of these, computers and tailoring are the most popular choices among the young people.

With help of the skills they learn here, young people have found new and better livelihoods – since fishing, the main occupation here earlier, was no longer an option for many of them after the tsunami. About 5,000 of our students today have a combined annual income of Rs 27 crore ($4.5 million). We train over 1,500 people every year.

Our vocational program here has a 15-year sustainability plan with significant investment in infrastructure such as permanent buildings, computers and equipment. The program aims to train 10,000 students during the first ten years. The net economic benefit is expected to be 10 to 15 times the total investment.