Eligibility and target Group
Student selection for skill training happens through a series of steps starting from orientation programmes in the ASAP institutions. Programme Managers of SDCs who organize orientation programmes help students get basic ideas about ASAP, its courses and the various modules.This is followed by an interview of students who apply for the courses in which weightage is given to socio-economic aspects and immediate job requirement.
When ASAP introduced the Summer Skill Model of Training, there was a high demand from the public to make the courses available for those graduates who are unemployed as well, but ASAP was not able to address this demand as this set of students were out of the core mandate of ASAP. ASAP was able to train only 7918 students from the 28562 students applied for the training because of mandate constraints. This huge demand showed that courses like the Summer Skill Skool of ASAP will definitely have takers outside the purview of ASAP, if offered. Hence, a modified version of the ASAP Summer Skill Model is proposed for giving training to the aforesaid set of students.
ASAP operates its Summer Skill Skool mainly in four modes called DOT where schools and colleges to take up Skill Development Programme for the deserving students, DOAP where Skill training is offered through training centres arranged by the TSP, DAT where Engineering and Polytechnic Colleges can take up skill development programmes for students and iDOT where courses conducted by the TSP’s in ASAP Skill Development Centres (SDCs).
Custom made modes of these models are proposed for the implementation of this proposal. Even though foundation module of ASAP is not present in the Summer Skill Skool modeL, it is proposed to integrate that to the curriculum of the courses under this proposal so that the Communication Skills and IT Training of the module will be an added advantage for the students who pursue skill training under this model.
For students from open schools and Private College Students
For this group of students a modified version of the DOT model of ASAP is suggested, where the institutions can demand for a Skill Development Programme for the interested students in the institution, and enrol students based on the guidelines stipulated by ASAP. In this model, ASAP will offer Training Service Providers to run the courses and they will transact the courses under the quality protocols of ASAP.
For dropped out students from formal Education System
For the students dropped out in graduate levels with 0 to 5 years of unemployment or students dropped out in graduate levels with 0 to 8 years of unemployment, a modified version of DOAP model, where the Training Service Providers (TSP) of ASAP will be given a chance to conduct short term training programmes aligned to National Occupation Standards is suggested. This can be conducted in the centres arranged by the Training Service Providers round the year as per ASAP specifications.
For this set of students a modified iDOT model of ASAP is also prepared where the courses are conducted in ASAP Skill Development Centres (SDCs) by the TSP’s. In this model ASAP aims to provide foundation module and Skill module training programmes in ASAP Skill Development Centres (SDCs) for the drop outs along with the regular Skill Development training programmes of ASAP.
For engineering students who have not successfully completed the course
There can be a separate model for this target group and a modified form of DAT model of ASAP is proposed. In this, the Engineering and Polytechnic colleges can take up skill development programmes for the students and conduct it as short term training programmes round the year according to the ASAP specifications.
In all these above models the institution should provide the infrastructure and administrative support to run the programme. ASAP will provide the Training Service Providers for conducting classes for the programme and the training will be monitored by ASAP Programme Managers. ASAP will carry out the Assessment of these students who will be certified by ASAP with an SSC Certification. This programme can be a placement-linked programme and the Training Service Provider can be endowed with the responsibility to provide placement for the students
MOBILISATION OF TRAINEES
The prime responsibility for the mobilization of trainees for this programme will be vested on the partnering institutions, but ASAP through its Programme Manager cadre will help them in orienting the trainees and selecting the neediest from the applications received. The applications shall be submitted through ASAP website and ASAP will conduct wide spread popularization of the programmes through print and visual media for this initiative. Skill Expos and Campaigns which show the importance of Skilling will also be conducted with the help of existing ASAP students as a promotional activity for the programme.
ASAP has already touched the lives of thousands, including those from the vulnerable sections, through its skill training programmes along with conventional courses of study. But it can be called a success only when those who are not of the regular education system is also benefited by the project, as majority of them are in real need of an immediate job owing to their poor socio-economic conditions. Enhancing the perception of their possibilities will have the power to change them into a confident and responsible citizen who has the power to alter his socio-economic conditions along with contributing the society they live in. Thus, ASAP through this new initiative aims to play a much bigger role in the community development through skilling, to be one of the best implemented social development project in Kerala.
ASAP APTITUDE TEST
ASAP aptitude test was designed after detailed analyses of various job roles of courses offered by ASAP and the ones that have been identified newly, based on the industry demand.
The test has been designed based on the principle that there are three dimensions that significantly determine the choice and successful completion of a course
1) An Interest in that course
2) a behavior pattern that suits the course, and
3) the basic aptitudes required for the course.
ASAP skill aptitude test was developed in both English and Malayalam. Each job role requires a specific combination of one or more aptitudes, a group of interests and a set of personality dimensions. In other words, there could be an ideal candidate with an ideal set of these factors for each course/ job profile. The match between the candidate’s profile and the job role will ensure better student performance and satisfaction, and low drop-outs. The expert team of psychologists has attempted to scientifically construct an aptitude test to suit the present context.
SKILL COURSE MAPPING
Once the SDC Skill bouquet is identified for the ASAP Skill Development Centers based on the Skill Gap studies and discussion with Industries, Skill Orientation Programmes are conducted in all the SDCs across the State for imparting awareness to the students.
During the skill orientations, skill brochures which are designed both in English and Malayalam is then distributed to the students. The skill brochures include course highlights, desirable personal traits of the trainee, career options, internship and certification, eligibility criteria and the course fee. During the skill orientations course wise rank list is published to the students which indicates the chances of allotment to the skill courses. The skill allotment day is also intimated to the first thirty (30) students in each course based on the rank list, as they are offered with those courses.
Course ALLOTMENT / selection
An ASAPian can select a course of his choice and as per the rank list generated based on the performance of the student in Aptitude Test. The Course allotment process is completely automated through our Management Information System (MIS).