LIVELIHOOD RESOURCE CENTRE (LRC)      
 
Livelihood Resource Centre (LRC) is a collaborative effort by Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and SPARC India. Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled will act as the lead partner for the initiative and provide curriculum design support through its vast expertise in the domain. SPARC India would be responsible for handling the on-ground execution of the LRC program.  
 
The LRC program has the following main features:
 
  • Training centre for persons with disability for skill development        
  • Training of 5 batches with a batch size of 70 PWDs per batch
  • Duration of training program would be 3 months for a batch  
  • Focus on life skills and technical skills pertaining to specific domains  
  • Life skills would comprise of English speaking, personality development courses, etc.  
  • Technical skills would be based on a chosen industry/trade
The following trades are proposed for the training program (along with certification):

  • IT/ ITES/BPO (Certified by KEONICS and Merit Trac)  
  • Hospitality (Certified by Taj Group and ITC group of hotels)  
  • Retail (Certified by Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India (TRRAIN))  
  • Garments  
  • Banking and Insurance 
  • The participants for the program would be selected through a 3-stage process. During the first stage, the participants would be interviewed to understand their background and their aspirations. After the interviews are completed, the applications would be screened.  
  • These participants will then undergo an aptitude and knowledge test during the next stage to identify the best fit for them in terms of industry/trade.  
  • The selected participants would be counselled for their respective career choices and a batch of 70 participants would be inducted into the program per batch.  
  • The training modules prepared for the different courses would be certified by reputed organizations and agencies.  
  • The training program would have a continuous assessment format and the performance of the participants would be tacked through tests, informal observations and project exposure performance. At the end of the training, a final certification test would be conducted. The participants who clear this test would be awarded with certification of successful completion of the course.  
  • A job fair would be organized where organizations from the chosen trades would be invited to offer employment to the trained participants.
  • Post-employment, the participants would be tracked and necessary support and feedback mechanism would be provided to the employers.