Training young people to fulfil real needs in the rural economy

Deborah Greenfield, ILO Deputy Director-General, speaks about how training rural youth to become barefoot technicians has helped provide solutions to local challenges in maintaining rural works and in employment generation.

Date issued: 04 September 2017 | Size/duration: 00:01:30

The barefoot technicians training was conceptualized in 2014 to supervise and monitor rural infrastructure works carried out under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The ILO developed National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Qualification Packs (QP) and all the training materials for the BFT and the consequent training of trainers programme.

This training programme helped address the lack of adequate manpower namely – civil engineers - required to monitor and supervise the maintenance of rural works under the MGNREGS.
This training programme has created employment opportunities in rural areas, giving horizontal and vertical mobility to young rural women and men.