VANAMITHRA – Integrated Skill Development Centre for Tribal Women

The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation with the objective of reaching out to ST Women, a marginalized section of the society proposes the setting up Day care and Integrated Skill Development Centers for ST Women, on a pilot basis in two tribal settlements in the state. These centers shall function as skill hubs aimed at upgrading the skills of ST women in various traditional/ modern vocations / trades depending upon their existing skill set, present economic trends and market potential, which would enable them to gain suitable employment or enable them to become self – employed. It is also proposed to provide maternity and child care facilities at the centers so as to support and augment its services. These facilities shall include maternity care, nutritional support for pregnant and lactating mothers, conduct sensitization and medical camps, first aid, ambulance services and provision of day care and child care facility.


  • Set up an integrated skill development centre for the comprehensive development of tribal women
  • To provide maternity and child care facilities
  • To use ST women as a platform for generating awareness to their community on social issues
  • To increase employability and ensure the economic development of the community
  • To encourage tribal’s participation in development of society and to cater the basic needs of the community

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)

The Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation Ltd (KSWDC) is proposed to provide Entrepreneurship Training Programmes to widows within the age group of 18- 55 years to ensure the economic development of widows by extending financial and consultative assistance to start business ventures through this scheme. Our proposed Entrepreneurship Development Programme aims to develop and strengthen the entrepreneurial quality of women and empowering them to share economic progress equitably. The programme is designed to help widows in strengthening entrepreneurial motive and in acquiring skills and capabilities necessary for playing entrepreneurial role effectively. The EDP is proposed to be organized across the State over a span of 6 months. The sessions will be handled by eminent resource persons within the State. The duration of each training programme would be 3 days and is designed for widows below 55 years of age.


  • Impart Entrepreneurship Awareness among the widows in the State
  • Create awareness on various aspects of Entrepreneurship
  • Helps to formulate a clear road map for future business venture
  • Loan assistance for widows to start new ventures
  • Ensure economic empowerment of widows through this scheme

REACH, Resource Enhancement Academy for Career Heights

REACH, Resource Enhancement Academy for Career Heights, a finishing school initiative of the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation was launched on 29th December 2009 with a view to bridge the gap between acquired skills and required skills for professionally qualified women. REACH is a pioneer among institutes aimed at empowering women with the required life-skills to ensure success in life. It is a professional grooming academy which works towards the social, economic and educational advancement of women, from across all cross sections of society.

REACH caters to the needs of aspiring young women from different walks of life and fine tunes their talents, triggers their skills, ignites their passion and builds their confidence so that they are empowered to transform challenges to opportunities and to blossom in their full potential.

The initiative which began as an institute at Trivandrum later on spread to the Malabar region with a branch at Payannur in Kannur district. REACH has conducted a wide array of courses at these centers and has successfully placed hundreds of women in reputed firms with decent pay packages. The Institute focuses on molding competent personnel as per the current industry trends and this has given us an ever growing list of satisfied clients. The candidates are trained in a vibrant environment that nurtures creative thinking and emotional intelligence.


REACH, Thiruvananthapuram is working in a highly sophisticated building at East Fort. REACH, Kannur too is run in a well-furnished building premise at Pilathara. Both finishing schools are aesthetically equipped with state of the art facilities to ensure the right learning environment for its students. The common facilities are as follows:

  • IT enabled Smart Class rooms
  • Computer lab- PC’s, Audio- Visual facility, Interactive board, Wi-fi
  • Library – Collection of literary works and self-development books
  • Cafeteria


REACH was awarded the ISO certification within three months of its inception

  • REACH is the first finishing school initiative for women by the Govt. of Kerala.
  • REACH has created a niche market through its innovative outreach activities and new generation branding strategies.
  • A comprehensive curriculum developed in tune with the skill requirements of the industry.
  • A team of industry experts facilitates industrial visits, internships, and mock tests and interviews to help students sail through the recruitment process.
  • A commendable 90% placement track record. The students of REACH have been placed in various reputed organizations such as Rajadhani Group, Muthoot Finance,NIMS, Asianet, Allianz Cornhill, S K Hospital, Sristi Computers, Ananthapuri Hospital, Aptara Learning Private Limited, etc.

REACH with its zealous team of expert trainers continues to instill the right attitude, skills and knowledge in the young and aspiring women of today and equip them to cope with strict discipline to meet life situations and challenges with ease and élan. The efforts of REACH are augmented by its robust placement cell that has forged fruitful long-term relationships with several recruiters and the encouraging feedback from them speaks volumes on the quality of training that we impart to our students. Today REACH is getting popular day after day in the minds of people and is standing tall as the flagship finishing school program of the Kerala State Government.

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The Govt. of India had introduced a uniform skill development framework in 2009, in order to give a substantial boost to skill development of the unskilled manpower in the country by setting up Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MoSD&E) and an ecosystem which includes National Skill Development Agency (NSDA), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and a number of Sector skill Councils. An updated National Skill Qualification framework (NSQF) was rolled out in 2015 with specific qualification packs, levels and job roles. The Sector skill councils have been assigned the role of developing curriculums in consultation with industry, conduct training of trainers and conduct certification of trained candidates. While the prime mandate of NMDFC is to provide concessional finance to the Minorities for selfemployment / income generation activities, NMDFC’s Developmental mandate also includes vocational training for the welfare of Minority Communities. Like its economic activities, the developmental activities   of the Corporation are also implemented through its State Channelizing Agencies (SCAs). In order to improve efficacy of the credit programme of NMDFC, the entrepreneurial and technical capabilities of the prospective beneficiaries are to be appropriately enhanced, which may be necessary / pre-requisite for setting up/expanding of business enterprise. Thus there is need to improve their entrepreneurial and technical skills and then link them to credit.

NMDFC has been implementing its vocational Training Scheme through its SCAs. The MoSD&E has issued directive on 15th July 2015 that all Central Govt. programmes / schemes on skill development & vocational training are required to be aligned with NSQF / Common norms. Therefore the vocational Training Scheme of NMDFC is being re-aligned with the NSQF/Common norms as given below:-


The mission of this scheme is to create self-employment/job opportunities for Minorities by catalyzing an ecosystem wherein productive and innovative entrepreneurship germinates, sustains and grows, leading to creation of better wage/self-employment opportunities for the target group.


The objective of this Scheme is to encourage and promote Skill Development for the youth belonging to minority communities throughout the country. The Scheme aims to:

  • Enable and mobilize a large number of Minority youths (including the artisans working in the traditional art and craft sector) to take up industry-designed quality skill training, become employable and earn respectable livelihood.
  • To provide skill training for generating better livelihood for marginalized minorities and align them in the mainstream, with preference given to the women and persons engaged in traditional occupations.
  • Ensure at least 70% placements of trained candidates including wage employment and self employment.