The Vadathorasalur, Vocational Training Centre (VTC) provides free quality, co-ed technical education to young people in Tamil Nadu aged between 16-30 years, affected by leprosy or disability and women from underprivileged backgrounds.

Tamil Nadu in southern India is one of the most industrialised states, with a large number of manufacturing companies.  The VTC regularly monitors the employment market and offers courses in trades that are in demand.  This maximizes the chances of employment for graduates.

The VTC currently offers courses in tailoring, air-conditioning, refrigeration, electrical and automobile mechanics.  During their training, students are also educated on disability rights, positive engagement and fair labour conditions.  This training is valuable for students when seeking employment after graduation.

After completing a course, over 90% of graduates are able to obtain employment.

In addition, the VTC works with businesses in the community to train them on disability inclusion and fair labour conditions.  This increases the job opportunities for individuals with leprosy and disability and creates more inclusive communities.

In the past year, the VTC supported 362 students.  During COVID 19 lockdowns, theoretical sessions and practical training were offered via remote learning where possible.  For many students and graduates, COVID 19 lockdowns impacted their income and the VTC provided food packages to those who required this.

The students at the VTC also contributed to the COVID 19 response through making and distributing over 3000 facemasks.

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