To address the concern of the growing educated-unemployment rates of the State, the SSDP or State Skill Development Project was enacted, in the year 2012. This was following the realization that Kerala has the human resource and the potential to soar up to become a radial point for skilled manpower to the world by virtue of its demographic dividend. SSDP involves the participation of industries and training partners to execute the project tactically branched into two, ASAP (Additional Skill Acquisition Programme) and ASEP (Additional Skills Enhancement Programme). ASAP, under the General and Higher Education Departments, works on the preventive side by training Higher Secondary and Graduate students, offering skill courses to students in need of immediate employment. ASEP, under the Department of Labour, on the curative side offers enhancement training to educated unemployed youth. Funded by ADB, ASAP has now spread out into 1052 educational institutions across the state, offering 83 courses from 24 sectors, and is expanding skill training services to all age groups through the innovative idea of Community Skill Parks.
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