9th August, 2020: On the occasion of World Tribal Day (Adiwasi Divas) 2020, Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) launched a Career Guidance Cell for the Underserved Communities. Inaugurating the cell, Sri Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of the Department of ITE&C and Industries and Commerce, said, “The government is dedicated to the upliftment of the underserved indigenous communities of the state. With the right kind of facilities, our tribal youth will be able to scale great heights in their career. The initiatives by TASK will definitely help empower the tribal youth”.
Speaking about the Career Guidance Cell, Sri Shrikant Sinha, CEO of TASK, said, “We have launched a special career guidance hotline number for youth from the underserved communities. Youth in need of career guidance can call 040-48488241 to get expert guidance. These initiatives are in addition to the skilling programs we currently offer to the underserved. The new initiatives will be piloted and scaled up in the months to come”. The helpline will be open from 10.30 AM to 5.00 PM, Monday through Saturday.
Apart from providing a dedicated hotline, several other initiatives were also launched. TASK is going to train a hundred tribal youth in English language in order to make them industry-ready. Fifty girls from the tribal community will be provided mentorship by industry professionals through TASK – Mentor Together partnership. TASK and 1BRIDGE will partner to conduct a “Last Mile Delivery of Products and Services” training program for students in rural areas and help them get local job opportunities. The Co-Founder and CEO of 1BRIDGE, Mr. Madan Padaki, said, “The youth of today need to be empowered to become self-employed and generate employment for others as well. There are several opportunities in the semi-urban and rural areas that the youth can exploit through micro-entrepreneurship. Our vision is to help youth make use of such opportunities and become self-sufficient in their own localities.”
Students from the tribal communities who have been placed in reputed MNCs by TASK during this academic year spoke on the occasion and shared their experience. They urged students to make use of the opportunities provided by platforms such as TASK and enhance their scope of employment. Employees of TASK, belonging to the tribal communities, shared their experiences and motivated youth to make use of the opportunities available to them.
Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge (TASK) is a not for profit organization established by the government of Telangana in 2014, that works with the primary objective of skilling youth and making them more employable and hence, curb the unemployment rate in the state. The organization caters to students from diverse academic courses and socio-cultural backgrounds work on its objective through a three-pronged approach.
● Skilling the youth in technologies that are in demand by the industry
● Building essential 21st-century workplace (transferrable) skills to make youth more adaptable and employable
● Developing an entrepreneurial mindset in youth to groom them into employment providers