Drive with Pride (DWP) : Skill Development to Self-reliance
Driving skills training for underprivileged women and youth at nominal fees Women have been working shoulder to shoulder with men in progressive society like India. Women are also entering in unchartered professions such as driving / security guards etc. to earn their living.
Driving is one such profession which requires boldness, adventurous attitude and right frame of mind but it is still not a widely accepted profession for women in India due to social and cultural reasons. Hence, the main struggle is changing the psyche of people which is a really long drawn battle.
Introduction and Project Features :
Driving skills offer ample opportunities to underprivileged girls/ youth. Hence, in 2016-17, Vatsalya Trust Started ‘Drive with Pride’ Course to impart driving skill to unemployed youth. However, road to employment and successful entrepreneurship is not easy. Passion to become profession requires right strategy, skills and precise approach.
Project features :
Skills Imparted in ‘DWP’
Digital Skills :
Challenges faced :
The heart of the Drive with Pride program, as depicted in the figure is to connect the skilled training to ‘meaningful employment’ or any ‘entrepreneurial venture’ for the interested candidate. The process starts with community mobilization activities in potential areas such as poor economic zones within a radius of 8-10 km from the centre (VTM). It should be noted that the process runs on a continuous rolling basis. Candidates are carefully identified after asking targeted questions and are further called to the office for a screening round of interview to ascertain whether the candidates are really needy and are looking for a job or want to start an entrepreneurial venture. Concurrently, a motor training school in the vicinity is identified and finalized by receiving quotation from at least 3 schools. Priority is given to the lowest quotation and the one which can deliver the work in terms of time and quality. Further, training for either two-wheeler or three-wheeler is imparted at a nearby ground of Vatsalya Trust Kanjurmarg office. The training continues for 15 days for 30 minutes each. A suitable date is taken for applying for learning license at the RTO office by the trainer. For that purpose theoretical training is also conducted by the trainer. After completing the practical training an appropriate test-date is selected at RTO office for the permanent license. When a candidate successfully clears the test he/she gets the permanent license through post at his/her address. Furthermore, for procuring a Badge for an Auto-rickshaw, documents such as Aadhar Card, 15 years residential proof, Electricity Bill, PAN Card, School Leaving Certificate and Passport size photographs are submitted preferably through the same agent of the Motor Training school. A clearance from the Local Police station and the CP office is required to go the next stage. After getting the Police Clearance Certificate a final verification is done at RTO. After the final clearance, the Badge is received on the address of the candidate.
It is generally encouraged that the candidates apply their training and licenses for the purpose of employment or any suitable entrepreneurship. Not only this skill helps them to be self-reliant, but it also increases their confidence which is very necessary to increase their self-esteem thus leading to higher productivity in their lives and creates contented individuals for the society at large.