Deen Dayal Upadhyaya-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) is the demand driven placement linked skill training initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. Working under NRLM, it uses skill training and placement in wage employment as a tool to diversify income and enable sustained upward movement out of poverty.
Ages between 15 to 35
Training worth 35,000
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,
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
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.
In the training centres, you are entitled to completely free training, with all necessary books & study material, a Tablet PC and uniforms. In residential training centres, you will get free accommodation and food. In non-residential training centres, you will reimbursed for to & fro expenses and one mean for every completed day in training. The training centre will also help you get bio-metric identification cards, a bank account and insurance where applicable. And after you are placed in a job, DDU-GKY will also pay you a salary top-upevery month for 2-6 months depending upon where you are placed. If in your state, in a town of your district, then for 2 months, if in your state and in the district headquarter or bigger town, then for 3 months. If you are placed in job outside your state, then for 6 months. And this money, reimbursement & salary top-up will be directly transferred to your bank account.
And even months after you are working in a job, you can always call your training centre or the migration support centre (in the city) set-up by DDU-GKY for any help, or services like registration of complaints, medical check-ups etc.
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 has over 1,650 Training Centres across the country. In the next 2-3 years, more than 2,000 Training Centres will be operational and training people like you for various jobs.
Today, DDU-GKY is providing training in more than 550 job-oriented trades. In the next 2-3 years, there will be more than 700 job roles to choose from, that will give you access to well-paying jobs in reputed organizations.
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.
The programme is especially geared towards diversification of incomes of disadvantaged groups, including the following,
Persons belonging to particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs),
Persons with disabilities (PWDs),
Transgender and other special groups (rehabilitated bonded labour, victims of trafficking, manual scavengers, trans-genders, HIV positive persons amongst others)
From the national level, we ensure social inclusion through:
50 % funds earmarked for SCs and STs,
15% for minority groups,
3% for Persons with Disabilities
In each training program, 33% are to be women
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 550 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.
But the best thing for you is to be chosen for the training of a skill you are already good at. You can take a test right now to know what you are good at Online test of aptitude. This will tell you what you are good at. Then all you need to do is to go to the nearest DDU-GKY centre offering this course.
What do you need to get enrolled into a training program?
You need the following Identification cards/ certificates:
Proof of Identity and Age
Aadhaar Card or Election ID Card or any government issued photo ID card
Birth Certificate, if Date of Birth is not listed in the above Identity Card
Proof of Eligibility
BPL Card of self or your household (where your name is also mentioned)
MGNREGA worker card of any member of your household, with a minimum of 15 days of completed work
Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) card of your household
Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) or BPL PDS card of your household
NRLM-Self Help Group identification or certificate for any member of your household
Proof if claiming reservation or relaxation in age limit:
SC/ST Certificate issued by competent authority, with any of the above
Disability Certificate issued by a Registered Medical Practitioner, with any of the above
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.
In case of Industrial Internships, you will get:
Rs. 4,500/- one time for travel to or from the placement to or from your home, directly transferred to your bank account.
Rs. 5,000/- per month Stipend for 12 months from start of job directly transferred to your bank account. This will be paid only when your employer submits proof that you are working in the job.
After 12 months of successful training, a job with a minimum salary of Rs. 10,000/- per month.
You could also be placed in a foreign job, with a minimum salary of US$500 per month (Rs. 30,000/- approximately).
DDU-GKY will definitely change your life. Commit to skill training, discipline and hard work today. Change your life!
How to apply to DDU-GKY?
You can reach out to us in any of the following ways:
Get enrolled with your Gram Panchayat or Gram Rozgar Sewak, who in turn will recommend the nearby Training Centre or its mobilization staff to meet you and offer you counselling and guidance
Whichever way you choose, we will reach out to you, visit you in your home, talk to you, your parents, friends and others. We will then take you to the nearby training centre and be with you till such time that you enrol.