For a long time, summer learning programs have taken a back seat to more mainstream education reform efforts. Rather than rethink how summers could be used to support student success, policymakers have devoted their time and money to efforts to improve the traditional school day and year. Recently, though, summer learning has moved into the spotlight. With high-profile champions like ASAP, summer learning is beginning to get the attention it deserves – and it’s starting to take a new shape. Transcending the punitive and remedial model of summer schools past, summer learning’s new form is an artful blend of core academic learning, hands-on activities, Skill Building etc. This new vision stems from a strong desire to use summers more strategically – as a natural time of year to pilot innovate partnership, teaching and assessment.
With the changes in business environment and economy, the role of a skilled worker in any field is very important. Across the developed world, Students consider vacation period especially summer vacation as a golden opportunity to learn vocational skills and to understand the nuances in working in real world scenario. Governments and Industries in these countries also encourage youngsters to take up vocational programme and even incentivise such programmes. It is above this context, Government of Kerala has designed a strategy to tackle the unemployment demon under the State Skill Development project. ASAP has taken efforts to popularize the concept of Vocational training during summer in a small way in the past and this experience has prompted ASAP to design a comprehensive Summer Skill Training programme named “Summer Skill Skool”. Thus, Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) was carved out with a focused approach to enhance the employability of Students in Higher and General Education stream.
· To train and place 15000 students who are graduating from Under Graduate and in the state.
· To empower the needy and disadvantaged students to pursue higher education by training and placing them with part time/full time jobs
· To encourage and bring institutions in mainstream education to skill ecosystem, enhance brand value and visibility of ASAP.
· To increase pool of master trainers in the state of Kerala, by encouraging Technical Education Institutes to create new QP aligned courses.
· To inculcate culture of undergoing vocational skill training during summer vacation, similar to developed countries.
There are 4 modes of operation:
· DOT (Demand Operate Train),
· DOAP (Demand Operate Assess Place),
· DAT (Design Align Train) and
· i-DOT (i-Demand Operate Train).
Students who completes their course of study from Government and Aided HSS,VHSE, THSE, and Colleges in the State of Kerala and looking for a Job.
· National skill Development Corporation Certified courses
· Sector Skill Council certified trainers.
· Full-fledged labs in training centers
· Focus on students with immediate job requirement
· Duration: 150 hours theory & practical (55% practical) + 150 hours mandatory internship in real working environment.
· Classes can be scheduled for 5 hours per day- 2 hours theory and 3 hours practical.
· Placement support
Course Fee of all students across mode will be Rs 10,000. Incentive linked Fee scheme is applicable for SSS 2017 as per GO No: 157/2014/H.Edn dated 01/04/2014.
Students coming under Category 1 (BPL, SC, ST, OEC ,SEBC ( having below 6 lakhs annual Income) & PH (> 40% disability) are exempted from paying fee provided they complete the course with 80% attendance, attend final assessment and internship.
Students coming under Category 2 (APL General)
Category 2 students need to pay Rs.5000 as first installment and Rs.2500 as second installment for all Courses.
Assessment Fee- Assessment fee is a onetime payment.
Students who pay Course Fee need not pay Assessment Fee. All the other students should pay Rs.1000.