As the Country grows and expands in different horizons, rural life is also getting changed day by day and the livelihood is also changing. To suit the requirements there is a need for skill promotion in rural areas to enable individuals to themselves trained in diverse disciplines to earn a decent income for livelihood.
Though agriculture is the main source of livelihoods, rural areas witness changes in income generation pattern through non-farm activities also. Evidence indicates that better education and training could increase the chances of providing high-paying non-farm employment. Also, the penetration of such education is less or nil in rural areas. This increases the migration of individuals/families to nearby cities/town in search of livelihood. Even they face greater threat when entering the urban areas with limited skills and work experience.
IFTR strives to improve Rural Livelihood through various means. One among that is skill development. For this, the volunteers interact with villages/ villagers and local stakeholders and organize the unemployed people including women. Based on interest and abilities, they are provided with training in various disciplines to get some employment in their areas of living or nearby areas. Wherever possible, FTR will organize suitable placement in the vicinity of the villages.
Since the programme is broad-based IFTR also uses the knowledge bank of experts/professionals/ local artisans/individuals/ collaborating organizations to handle the sessions so that the aspirants get trained.
Some of the areas concentrated are
- Education & Vocational Training
- Personality development, communication skills including language
- Skill upgradation for agricultural productivity
- Repair and Maintenance of engines, automobiles, agricultural machinery
- Food products – small scale food production and sales in rural area
- Microfinance operations
- Rural Health Promotion
- Construction – masonry
- Promoting informal apprenticeship
- Information Technology – DTP, Designing Banners, Posters etc.
- Electrical and Electronics – fittings, repair and maintenance