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SKILLING AND TRANSITION: ENABLING SERVING SOLDIERS FOR A VIABLE SECOND CAREER
 

“HUNAR HAI TO KADAR HAI”

 

Approx 60,000 personnel retire each year, however, only a small percentage transit to a viable second career befitting their several years of service and experience. While, a reasonable number of retiring soldiers might not be inclined to make a second career, there are others who despite their best efforts are not able to secure appropriate jobs, due to various reasons. The Indian Army as an organisation decided to ensure that its soldiers are suitably empowered so that their productive life post retirement must contribute to a positive nation building role. In turn this must also contribute to the enhancement of his life span as well as provide better opportunities to his wards and their self development in the future. It was also essential that a soldiers’ contribution post retirement must spread across the Industry spectrum rather than the security sector alone.

 

The Ministry of Defence accordingly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to enable skilling and certification of retiree soldiers. A special programme has been consequently launched to enable recognition of a soldiers prior learning and vast experience, by linking the same to reorientation training and certification undertaken on job roles that match industry requirements.

 

In close coordination with National Skill Development Corporation and its affiliated Sector Skill Councils, army men on the threshold of retiring embarked on a journey of firstly training and certifying its own selected individuals as Trainers / Master Trainers. This ensured building up the Armys’ own eco system of qualified Trainers in 15 diverse disciplines like telecommunications, hospitality, constructions, who in turn have begun conducting training courses for its prospective retirees at 25 Regimental Centres where top of the line infrastructure exists. The training and NSDC certification at appropriate Skill Levels has been linked to jobs and placement of these highly disciplined and dedicated soldiers at locations of their choosing.

 

The journey having begun, will result in a retired soldier being given his due Izzat in society and leading a disciplined and dignified lifestyle at a place of his choosing. A skilled, certified and empowered soldier will now contribute to nation building in a different but definitive manner. With India at crossroads in its ambitions to emerge as an economic superpower, the Army veterans will bridge the need gap of skilled manpower and ensure that the nation is not found wanting on this front. Our young retired soldiers will contribute within the country as well as overseas by transiting through International Skill Centres to meet the skilled workforce requirements in various fields wherever the need arises. The skilled soldiers are also being encouraged and empowered to undertake small scale entrepreneurship ventures, duly supported by the government, so that they can also participate and contribute to the ‘Make In India’ initiative.

 

Having opened the doors to a better future, our young and dynamic soldiers who had contributed positively on the battlefield, will continue to excel in all spheres after hanging up their uniform as well.

 

 

“A Prospective Retiree acquires an aspiration linked skill, is suitably placed in a job
on retirement, Thus harnessing his inherent potential in nation building &
empoweringhim to lead a dignified lifeas a veteran”

 

The Indian Army raised the Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) directly under the Adjutant General for the sole purpose of providing Single Window Redress and Welfare mechanism for our Veterans, Veer Naris/ Widows and NoKs. In the recent past the media in all its forms have brought out the plight of our veterans especially owing to their inability to find suitable jobs post retirement. The issue that drew immediate attention of those who matter, stems from the fact that every year the Army retires as many as 50,000 troops in the rank of Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO) and Other Ranks (ORs). This is driven by the national security requirement of keeping our army young, in order to ensure its battlereadinessto keep the nation secure from all forms of threats – External and Internal. The concern emerges from the fact that the bulk of these troops are in the age bracket of 36.5 years of age to 43.5 years. A phase in life, where personal responsibilities are overwhelming and the pay cuts to half – a veteran begins to draw pension. This is where DIAV steps in, to facilitate a smooth transition through structured Orientation, Awareness, Counselling, Empowering and Enabling phases.

The empowerment programme for prospective retirees was launched in May 2016 under the Government’s flagship scheme, ‘Pradhan MantriKaushalVikasYojna’ (PMKVY), through National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). There is a continuous process of reviewing the initiative to improve and better serve the target population. The initial fillipto the Skilling Initiative was through integral resources of the organisation at various regimental centres. With no resources at these establishments authorised for the purpose, in fact led to multitasking available manpower and related assets. It was then decided that it is essential for the Centres to remain focussed on their primary tasks of recruit training, in-service training and demobilise drill for retiring troops. Towards this, NSDC recognised Training Partners (TP) have been taken on-board for Skill Training Delivery at various Centres. This model has been termed as the Technical Training Partner (TTP) Model in our Skills Ecosystem. Further, the TTP Model binds the TTP through a financial liability in ensuring suitable job connect for job-seeking skilled prospective retirees. Skill courses for prospective retirees are currently offered in varied sectors like Automotive, Agriculture, Capita Goods, Construction, Healthcare, Tourism & Hospitality, Security, Telecom, Electronics, Retail and Logistics.

The Skilling Initiative since its commencement has witnessed nearly 20,000 prospective retirees enrolling for various skill courses. The aim, is to provide one such opportunity to every prospective retiree, this will leave the prospective retiree with a sense of security that, if not immediately, whenever required, there is a recognised vocational qualification that may stand him in good stead in his hour of need. TTP-Model is likely to mature in the coming months that will essentially lay down a job connect as also enhance skill training capacity.

 

Army Skill Training Centres are driven by Compassion and Purpose to Enable and Empower army Spouses and wards to become Mainstream Contributors in their Household
Through NSQF Certified Courses, thus enhancing their true self-worth



Efforts have been ongoingto enhance the canvas of possibilities for empowering army spouses and wards through NSQF aligned skill courses. In the first year, eight Army Skill Training Centres (ASTCs) have been established and are successfully conducting skill courses. The change that ASTCs have brought in the overall personality of the army spouses attending various skill courses is encouraging and satisfying. ASTCs have provided these ladies the platform to realise their own potential, have made them confident, capable and enhanced their self-respect manifold. There has been a discernible change in the manner their children and husbands perceive them after successful completion of the Skill Course. Infact the ASTCs have truly contributed not only to ‘Skill India’mission but also to ‘BetiParhao’ and ‘BetiBachao’ missions of our government. There are 14 ASTCs due for launch shortly and another 28 in pipeline, thus taking the tally of ASTCs to 50 in the coming year. These ASTCs are coming up across the country at various cantonments and military stations giving opportunities to many. Those who have successfully completed skill courses have constantly been motivated to put their skills to good use, either through self-employment or jobs. Success stories of ASTCs are on the anvil with pioneers who will serve as motivators to all.
Army’s Skills Initiative encompassing wide spectrum of the Army fraternity is in its Stabilisation Phase, where focus remains on facilitating suitable options for viable jobs for our veterans as also for army spouses. While at this stage there are humble beginnings, DIAV is resolute in its determination to arrive at a model for Skilling& Transition where job connect becomes an inherent part of the overall initiative. Ingenuity coupled with innovative approach has ushered in a new phase in Skilling & Transition with the launch of TTP-Model to skill prospective retirees where job connect is in-built. DIAV remains in constant touch with various stakeholders to periodically review its approach to best serve the aspirations of our target population.
 

ASTC

 

ASTC DELHI

ASTC DELHI

 

 

ASTC DELHI

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ASTC BHATINDA

ASTC BHATINDA

 

 

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58 GTC

 

 

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