Approximately 60,000 service personnel retire or are released every year at a comparatively young age. Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) assists service personnel (due for retirement/release in one to two years) and Ex- Servicemen (ESM) to acquire additional skills and facilitate their resettlement through a financially viable career serving the civil society. Skill Development would go a long way towards supporting gainful employment of these ESM.
Wadhwani Foundation provides support to MoD in its Skill Development initiatives like successful roll out of National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) based skill training to ESM, supporting NSQF compliant training programmes through Ordinance Factory Boards (OFBs), Defence Public Sector Units (DPSUs) and introduction of vocational education in schools run by defence forces.
Career transition is closely associated to skills which drive the jobs in today’s world. A soldier leads a professionally eventful life engrossed in operational, training and administrative commitments and realises the necessity of a second career only closer to his retirement. An analysis of the employment opportunities in corporate sector brings the focus on skilling. Wadhwani Foundation actively involves itself to impart the following key skills, which have a direct bearing on the confidence and placement:
• Communication skills.
• Computer literacy.
• Basic English speaking and writing.