Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana

DDU-GKY is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families, tasked with the dual objectives of adding diversity to their incomes and cater to the career aspirations of rural youth. As a part of the Skill India campaign, it plays an instrumental role in supporting the social and economic programs of the government like the Make In India, Digital India, Smart Cities and Start-Up India, Stand-Up India campaigns.

In the government sponsored skill training eco-system of the country, DDU-GKY is one the bigger programmes.

The DDU-GKY skilling ecosystem consists of The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) or the National Mission Management Unit (NMMU or NU), State Missions, Project Implementing agencies or training partners and Technical Support Agencies. Curriculum support is through National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the Sector Skill Councils (SSC) of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Combined with industry partnerships and partnerships with employers, the ecosystem comes together to provide the best possible training and gainful employment for a candidate.

DDU-GKY takes pride in its partners and their ability to add value. Innovation from partners is encouraged to build scale and capacity… its unique implementation structure involves partners, who are by nature, committed to changing lives and are experts in their areas, they form a part of the Skilling Ecosystem integrated by DDU-GKY. Partners are supported through investment, capacity building, strategies for retention, linkages to international placement and technology support for training purposes.

The candidates are the most important stakeholder for us, our aim is to make sure our candidates benefit. We aim to impact the ‘most needy’ through our intervention at all times. To aid in this, we are also building linkages with the SECC (Socio-Economic & Case Census). Our partners will play an active role in order to achieve this.

To make sure those who need our support, are in fact, receiving it, we have identified a profile of candidates that we look forward to including in our projects.

Preferred profile of candidates:In order to fulfil its objective of catering to the underserved or deprived, DDU-GKY is uniquely focused on rural youth between the ages of 15 and 35 years from poor families, as can be identified through

  • MGNREGA worker households, with a minimum of 15 days of completed work in the previous year
  • Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) households
  • Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) card or BPL PDS card holding households
  • Self Help Group (SHG) households
  • NRLM-Self Help Group households
  • Special projects for special groups such as victims of trafficking, manual scavengers, trans-genders, rehabilitated bonded labour and other vulnerable groups.

Key features of DDU-GKY

DDU-GKY is mindful that it must engage the support of multiple partners to ensure success and maximize on the investment made in time and resources. In order to energize and build mass support as well as create awareness amongst the rural youth, The DDU-GKY projects are market linked and implemented in PPP mode. The involvement and partnership between civil society organizations, Educational institutions, apex skill partners and regulating organizations, the Government and Private organizations, ensures that DDU-GKY can leverage on the strengths of all and achieve transformative change.

Curriculum framing and assessment support is through NCVT (National Council on Vocational Training) or SSCs (Sector Skills Councils).

Focus on sustainability:

Industry interactions have emphasised the need for training in soft skills, team working etc., as more important than domain skills, which they learn on the job. To ensure that candidates can perform in their work areas as well as assimilate into the organization and society, DDU-GKY has mandated a minimum of 160 hours of training in soft skills, function English and computer literacy.

Benefits to candidates are in the form of free training, free uniform, free course material, free lodging and board in case of residential programs, reimbursements of expenses in non-residential programs, post placement salary top-ups every month for 2-6 months depending on location of placement and placement for at least 70% of all trained with a minimum salary of Rs. 6,000/- per month (as cost to company).

Quality Assurance Framework:

Introducing predictability in government process by defining minimum service level benchmarks and standards, controls & audits, defaults and remedial actions to reduce Inspector Raj in an all pervasive quality assurance framework comprising of the Guidelines & Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The high point of the framework is inclusion and self-regulation, with assigned role and responsibilities for Q-Teams within the PIAs.

Employing Technology in implementation:

We understand the global and local importance of exposure to technology, and how it not only unites us, but also makes providing training and the monitoring and implementation of projects seamless. DDU-GKY through its training partners has employed the following

  • A Geo-Tagged Time Stamped Biometric Attendance Record: similar to what the candidates will eventually find in most organizations. This serves a dual purpose of being a monitoring tool, and also it also making candidates familiar with modern technology.
  • Provision of a Tablet PC per candidate at the training centre. This enables candidates to learn at their own pace.
  • Presence of Computer Labs and e-Learning at Training Centres, to ensure that all candidates have access to a wider curricula and adequate learning opportunities.

DDU-GKY is demand driven placement linked skill training
initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India

DDU-GKY and its training partners are the bridge between you and your aspirations. DDU-GKY invests in skill training to ensure that you move from poverty to prosperity. With DDU-GKY, you have the opportunity to change your life.

Train with us

  • Get face to face counselling and guidance
  • Find out what you are good at, get selected for a trade based on your aptitude
  • Learn new skills and new technology in modern fully-equipped training centres
  • Earn a government recognized skills certificate upon successful completion
  • Get placement opportunities and interact with potential employers
  • Find a job that pays you a minimum salary of Rs. 6,000/- per month (at least 70% of all those who successfully complete training will be placed)
  • Get support to shift to a new city and job
  • Progress steadily in your career

Who is eligible to apply?

If you are between 15 and 35 years of age, and have the commitment and discipline to work hard and change your life, you are welcome.

Anyone who has completed even a little bit of schooling is welcome. If you are unemployed or work as labour in fields, you are welcome. If you earn a daily wage doing odd jobs, you are welcome. If you belong to a family where at least one person has worked for 15 days in the MGNREGA scheme in the last year, you are welcome. If you belong to a family where one person belongs to a Self-Help Group (SHG), you are welcome. Older than 35 years, there is a relaxation for women, persons with disabilities, victims of human trafficking and other vulnerable groups. If you belong to any of these groups, you are welcome.

You just need to be willing to step forward and work hard every day to change your life. You need to attend classes every day. You need to complete all your tasks & assignments every day.

How does DDU-GKY work?

DDU-GKY funds private education and skill training experts to start advanced, modern and well-equipped training centres near you. State Governments have a dedicated department or State Skill Missions,who monitor and evaluate these training centres and projects. In these training centres, you will find qualified trainers who will not only train you in a job-oriented skill, but also in using computers, tablets, learning to talk in English and other such life-skills. And after you complete your training program, they will find you a job with reputed organizations.

What skills can you choose from?/Trades

From a welder making the Maruti car to a Sales Person selling premium shirts to a Back-Office professional working on computers, you can choose from over 330 trades or job-oriented roles DDU-GKY offers training in currently.

Skilling programs have been designed keeping occupational standards in mind. Occupational Standards describe what individuals need to do, know and understand in order to carry out a particular job role or function. DDU-GKY offers training programs with curriculum as recommended by NCVT (National Council for Vocational Training) or SSC (Sector Skills Council) of NSDC (National Skill Development Council). The Certificate of Training from NCTV and/or SSC is recognized by the government and most employers in the private sector as a symbol of learning and achievement which will get you a job with higher salary.

You can choose from the 39 identified industry sectors, any one of these sectors could offer a career for you!.Choose the trade you want to get training in!

Where to join DDU-GKY?

Wherever you may be in the country, DDU-GKY is near you, within a few hours from your home or village. Do you want to find more? Do you want to find a training centre near you Click here to locate a training centre near you

If you are in Jammu and Kashmir, DDU-GKY has a special program for you, Himayat. If you live in one of the districts affected by Left Wing Extremism, then DDU-GKY has a special program for you, Roshni.

Today, DDU-GKY is providing training in more than 330job-oriented trades. In the next 2-3 years, there will be more than 500 job roles to choose from, that will give you access to well-paying jobs in reputed organizations.

Benefits or entitlements to candidates

Completely free skill training at the Training Centre. There are no fees. There are no registration charges. There are no examination or certification charges. There are no placement charges.

  • Aadhaar Card or similar bio-metric Identification Card.
  • A Bank Account in your name.
  • Completely free food and accommodation in a residential training program.
  • Reimbursement of to & fro and meal cost, transferred directly to your bank account.
  • Free uniform, books and learning material.
  • Free access to a computer at the computer lab with working internet, one computer per person.
  • Free access to a tablet PC at the training centre to use and learn.
  • DDU-GKY Skill Training Certificate from NCVT or SSC upon successful completion of the training program.
  • Job Interviews and placement opportunities at no cost. And a job with a minimum salary of Rs. 6,000/- per month.
  • Post Placement salary top-up every month for 2-6 months as per:
    • If you are placed in your State of Domicile, in a town smaller than your District HQ, then for 2 months, directly transferred to your bank account
    • If you are placed in your State of Domicile, in the District HQ or larger towns, then for 3 months, directly transferred to your bank account
    • If you are placed outside your State of Domicile, then for 6 months, directly transferred to your bank account
  • Free counselling and guidance from the training centre or Migration Support Centre.