Youth Training Programme

Introduction

The Youth Training Program (YTP) at Berambadi village is designed to build capacity towards the sustainable, community-led management of the Scottish Government funded decentralized wastewater treatment and sanitation facilities. This will be accomplished through the recruitment of a small committed cohort of young people who will engage in the collaborative production of training materials as well as gaining hands-on experience of the operation and maintenance of a decentralised wastewater treatment system. These young people will ultimately be equipped to train other members of the community and continue the process of embedding knowledge as well as a sense of stewardship over the system.

Overarching objectives of the YTP

In the first phase (June 2019), two youth interns from the community will be inducted into training programme. Before the launch of the programme, the social science team had multiple rounds of interviews with the young boys and girls of 18 years of age and over from berambadi. The objective of the interviews was two folds: a) understand the socio-economic concerns youth face in contemporary rural India and b) design the training programme to address some of the issues. Based on the interviews, one of the most immediate concerns for the youth was lack of adequate employment policy and lack of employable skills.  The youth in the village are either pursuing or have completed their undergraduate degree. Those who have completed their undergraduate studies often have trouble finding employment and they return to the village to work on their farmlands and perform small jobs in the nearby town of Gundulupet. The social science team found that among the youth, young women also showed interest in the internship. We suggest that by recruiting young people with diverse backgrounds into the YTP, we spread the knowledge and capital associated with that knowledge as wide as possible, thus reducing the risk of elite capture or system abandonment.

Through the YTP, we aim to provide employable skills such as understanding, operating, and running a water treatment system. This can provide the youth will skills that become increasingly relevant as cities like Bangalore see a rise in apartment level wastewater treatment plants. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the market demand for these skills and learn more about the sector through a field visit to Bangalore. Moreover,  the interns will also be provided with a certificate upon the completion of the internship. The certificate will be jointly issued by JHI, ATREE, and IISC (details to be worked out).  The certificate, from reputed international and national academic and research organisation, can provide the interns with an added advantage when they enter the job market.