School Programme is vocational education structure designed for government schools wherein trade specific knowledge and skills are imparted to the students. The School Programme comes under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, implementing the National Skill Qualification Framework (Level 1 to level 4). The programme is partly funded by Ministry of Human Resource Development and partly by State Government.
The primary goal of this programme is “Vocationalisation” of Secondary Education by incorporating employability as well as entrepreneurial training into School Education. The vision of the scheme corresponds with B-ABLE’s goal to make the students sufficiently productive so that they can have relevant skills (as per the demand of the current market) which can make them employable after completion of their secondary education. The programme is implemented by a Vocational Training Partner (VTP). B-ABLE is one of the oldest and a major VTP.
The vocational skills program is aligned with the regular classes in the schools. The plan is to cover the students at four-levels; Classes 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th standard. The students are provided with 400 hours of combined practical and classroom training. A compulsory assessment at the end of each year is required to be conducted of all the candidates. The assessment is conducted by the schools and certificates are provided by the Sector Skill Council of the respective trades. Sector Skill Councils are set up as autonomous bodies responsible for setting up of Occupational Standards, ensure quality execution, certify trainees.
B ABLE, the implementing partner for the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship’s school program is currently executing the program in 13 states; Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir, catering to approximately 678 schools and employing over 750 Vocational Trainers. B ABLE provides the students with classroom training, which includes regular assignments, workshops, guest lectures and practical exposure
like field visits, industry visits. On job training is also a component of the school program implementation plan. At present, approximately 25,000 students are being trained under the school program. Given are the trades and job roles under which B-ABLE is imparting skills training to the students.