NEEM Scheme: A trainer’s point of view

As discussed currently in thousands of articles and news across the world, India is an emerging nation in terms of the number of the employable youth population of the country. Every nation enjoys this particular period of time in its economic timeline, where it provides a major opportunity for tremendous financial growth. This particular timeline is called the Demographic Dividend.

Fortunately, India has already embarked upon theirs’, which is predicted to continue up to 2040, according to academicians and economists.

But this timeframe and the associated economic benefits it brings forth can only be realized if there is sufficient employment across the country. The section of that population which maximizes in the number of employable youths being constantly on the rise, this portal could be converted to one of endless economic glory. 

The main disadvantage which is impeding the growth of the nation in terms of the national economy as well as not helping it realize its complete potential in terms of maximization of productivity is the acute shortage of labor. 

The main objective behind the development of the NEEM scheme :

The NEEM scheme, which is an abbreviation for the National Employment Enhancement Mission, has been conceptualized in the past by AICTE and the Government of India jointly. But this has been assigned much importance and the scheme is already in implementation with much sincerity.

This is because the government of India wants to realize the full potential of the Demographic Dividend. This can only be done by bridging the gap between the demand in skilled and efficient workforce and the extreme shortage of the same. 

Problems encountered in the above situation :

The industry has organizations that are more than eager to employ a significant amount of skilled young workforce. These interested organizations, entities and other employers have even partnered with Governmental institutions to provide the requisite training to the aspiring youth in order to make them adapt to the practical working conditions of the industry.

They would also be at a beneficial position from their point of view. The youth workforce, once efficient and capable enough, can be employed for particular projects and paid accordingly. They can also be appointed as permanent staff to the concerned organization, if and when the authority decides so. This would increase productivity, curtail the additional overhead costs and would result in an overall boost to the organization’s financial bottom line.

But the problem is that the youth should receive the proper training that would be able to place them as successful individuals in their preferred fields of profession. Most of the youth is underprivileged to receive the necessary education. Some even lack primary education while others might be deficient in skills that their future job roles would ask for. Poverty and a stringent educational system that pertains to a particular age being the time for reception of specific education and skills; is a major hindrance to this.

NEEM trainers and training program :

Therefore the concept of the NEEM scheme has been developed with much flexibility to adapt and accept students and dropouts from any section- be it freshers from school or dropouts and those who abandon their preferred courses due to various problems. 

Though there is an age criterion in practice. The applicants for registration under this scheme should be above 16 years of age and below 40 years of age. 

The trainers are also known as NEEM facilitators. These NEEM trainers should also meet the specified criteria of providing the necessary training for at least 5 years or should be associated with the pertinent trade for a minimum of 5 years. They can impart basic and even hands-on practical job training. The duration of the training program can range from a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 36 months and that is a subject which is related to the particulars of the training provided, the trainer as well as the trainee. 

The NEEM facilitator or the trainer and the trainee agree to mutual terms and conditions of compliance, which governs all their future roles, duration, nature of training as well as the termination of the contract.

Therefore, the NEEM Scheme can be summarised as a mutualistic symbiotic program for the needy and the providers and the most positive quality of the program is that both these parties can gain from it.

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