Aasma Khan, 20, works as a domestic help and earns a monthly salary of Rs 1,600. On Saturday, she was part of a recruitment session and was offered a permanent job in housekeeping with a monthly package of Rs7,000.
Khan, a Malad resident, was among a batch of domestic help and daily-wage labourers trained by Garbage Concern, a not-for-profit, in enhancing their employability. “We gave them training in gardening, housekeeping and basic nursing,” said Francin Pinto, founder of the organisation, which is undertaking the training as part of its Green Manager Program launched this year.
All the eight women in the batch were hired on Saturday by Dusters Total Solutions Services, a housekeeping services firm. The men are awaiting the next recruitment process.
“This is the first time that we are calling companies to hire from among the people we have trained,” said Pinto. “We decided that it was important that we also help them secure employment after the training.”
The not-for-profit organised its first recruitment session in Govandi in May, where 10 out of 20 members got jobs, mainly in malls and corporate offices. “We are eventually aiming at 100 % placement,” said Pinto.
In the three-month course, trainees learn from experts in practical classes and are also taught soft skills. “We also prepare their biodata for job applications and help get their personal documents together,” said Inasin D’silva, program co-ordinator. They also learn to handle housekeeping machines used in malls and offices.
“This training has not only helped me improve my skills but has also helped me secure a permanent job,” said Khan, who has never been to school.