Virtual Tribal Employment Exchange

1. The tribal population comprises 1.45% of the total Kerala population or about 5 lakhs consisting of 1.46 lakhs of families residing in about 7000 settlements. The Scheduled Tribes Development Department (STDD) has been implementing a large number of training and livelihood programs for them.Government of Kerala  spends about Rs. 10-15 crores annually for skilling and employment generation during the last few years.  Typically, such livelihood and training were supply driven. There is, however, no systematic matching between available skills of tribal youth and potential employers in the market. STDD has, therefore, proposed a Virtual Tribal Employment Exchange(VTEE) Model to mediate between the supply of educated tribal youth and the demand for their services in the markets.  The innovative part comes from the mixing of the ‘matching’ process with the ‘skilling process,’ which distinguishes VTEE from a standard Employment Exchange Program. 

2.  The Advisory Committee anchored at K-DISC is at the top, providing necessary direction and the quintessential think tank. The VTEE Model also includes an intermediate or curational layer that can detect the skill gaps in tribal youth,and fill the skill gap as well as strengthen their coping skills, before matching them with potential employers. The project aims to increase the sustained participation of tribal youth in the labour markets through enhanced skills, strengthened coping strategies, and hands-on experience through tailored internships.  During the first phase, the pilot will focus on the educated but unemployed tribal youth.  STDD’s also got a dynamic database, which will facilitate the identification of educated but unemployed youth among the small tribal population in Kerala.  This will allow effective targeting of the tribal youth and allow the project to be designed and tailored to the specific needs of the identified target groups. A results framework is provided in Figure 1.


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