Vocational Excellence Centre at Thoraipakkam by Rotary Club of Madras East

Making a difference is what the Rotary movement is all about. Throughout the world, Rotary International, through the 1.3 Million Rotarians, is impacting thousands and communities and millions of children and youth and transforming their lives.

Rotary Club of Madras East (RCME), the 2nd largest Rotary Club in Rotary District 3232 with a membership of 150 Rotarians, has completed a number of community and vocational service projects over the last 32 years. These include noteworthy projects in the areas of poverty alleviation, skilling up the youth, social upliftment, education and health for the underprivileged strata of society.

For these impactful activities, RCME has been recognized by the State, the Rotary District as well as Rotary International.

RCME has heavily invested in the following three focus areas:

  • Vocational Training and Excellence
  • Primary education and literacy
  • Heath and Sanitation

RCME has been running two centres of vocational training at Bhemmannapet

Community College where over the past 19 years the following vocational programs have been imparted

  • Baking and Confectionery
  • Para Medical courses
  • Lab assistant’s course
  • Computer hardware maintenance & Tally
  • Spoken English

Over 1100 children have passed out of the College with a success rate of 88 % in placement of the students.

There have been a number of stories of how RCME has transformed lives of youngsters. One instance is Kavitha, a girl in the first batch of the Computer Software course who had dropped out of Corporation school and found her way to the Vocational course on computer software. Her father ,then, was working as a scavenger with the Chennai Corporation and their family income was around Rs. 2000/month.

Kavitha spent 6 months with our software program and topped it. Our industry partner for the course provided her with a placement and today after 10 years she is earning more than Rs.90,000/month for her family. She has provided education to her siblings and her family members are independent and pursuing their dreams. This cascading effect of skilling underprivileged sections and providing them employment has been our focus area at Rotary Club of Madras East. She has today become an evangelist of our program and it’s our aim to create more Kavithas for all our communities.

The newly minted Vocational Centre at Thoraipakkam, Chennai is one of a kind. It is founded on the principles of placing scarce resources within reach of the needy. Leased to us for 10 years, the parties to the lease were drawn to the table by the messianic message of converting a profit making unit to a philanthropic one. The intent is to run courses that have the power to sustain themselves and stay relevant over a reasonably long time.

The following streams were chosen from multiple options for Phase 1

  • Plumbing alongside industry partner Kohler
  • A Pump Service and Maintenance program by Grundfos
  • Seamstress course alongside industry partner Indian Terrain
  • Software Development alongside industry partner FreshWorks

The underlying message is one needs an industry partner to get the most appropriate course content and also better chances at finding a job post the course.

Each discipline is curated to train 150 students over a 1 year period and

supplementary courses like Spoken English, Etiquette and Ethics at the Work Place are going to be taught to get a well-rounded individual. A special focus towards Value Education is provided to ensure that the candidates not only are skillful but have the sincerity, loyalty with a customer focused work ethic with their employers that seem to be a rarity in today’s youth. This will also ensure that the employers come back to our center again and again to recruit these fully rounded individuals.

The effort at trying to mould a responsible citizen is what endears us to the programme . There are many examples of individuals coming out of the

Community college embracing success and wanting to give back to the community

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