Poor women to be trained as housekeepers, beauticians

March 3rd, 2008 - 7:03 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Mar 3 (IANS) Young women looking for jobs as housekeepers and beauticians need not worry if they are not properly trained as the government is coming out with a free training programme to enable women from poor families to earn their livelihood. Making the announcement Monday, Minister of Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury said the scheme would also help those women who plan to work abroad in these fields, particularly in the Middle East. The training scheme would be held in partnership with private firms.

While ITC Hotels will provide training to women from economically weaker backgrounds in housekeeping, as room attendants, security guards and guest house in-charges, beauty chain major VLCC will provide them training to become beauticians.

“This is an excellent example of partnership with private companies and will have a profound impact,” Chowdhury told reporters.

The initiative under the Public-Private Partnership will help women from poor families to earn their livelihood, she added.

“Women who go to Kuwait as maids find that they are not able to operate vacuum cleaners and microwaves. We had received several requests about providing them training before they leave the country.

“The training (with ITC hotels) will upgrade their education and skills. The schemes will also help them earn more,” she added.

Chowdhury said the government would provide the two organisations with the list of women who could be sent for training to them. The list would include destitute women and those who have been victims of trafficking and are living in government-run homes.

According to vice-president training ITC Hotels, Ashok Bhalla, their scheme called WelcomeEmpower programme would provide focussed training free of cost.

It would run for one month every quarter at 10 ITC Welcomegroup hotels in the country, he said.

“The women trainees will work with some of the best hospitality professionals in the country. We will also provide them work in our hotels,” he added.

Vandana Luthra, who founded VLCC which employs 4,500 women in its 120 centres, said they would finalise the list soon and begin the training.

“Women are the best managers and have great HR skills. Apart from beauty culture, we will also teach them about healthy nutritious food. Thus will not only help them but their families too. This is the way to make a healthy India,” she said.

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