Domestic Worker Sector Skill Council, National Skill Development Corporation and Skill India had recently organized a Domestic Workers Skill Summit 2017 at India Habitat Centre on 2nd February 2017. I got an opportunity to attend the summit as a volunteer for Helper4U.
The Chief Guest for the Skill Council event was Hon’ble Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy.
The main speakers of the event were
Mr. Amod K Kanth(Chairman DWSSC), Mr. Amitabh Kant(CEO, Niti Aayog), Mr. Manish Kumar(MD & CEO, National Skill Development Corporation), Mr. M C Luther(Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India).
The agenda for the day had presentations of different companies in this sector like Educomp, KPMG, and Hamara angels and four-panel discussions.
The topics of the panel discussions were as follows:
- From policy to practice: Addressing Legal Safeguards
- Breaking Barriers: Unmasking the invisibility of domestic workers
- Skill for future: New age training, talents, and utilities
- Path of reform: From unorganized sector and technology reinforcement
I attended this Skill Council summit as part of the Helper4U team along with my friend. We handled the company stall, attended to visitors and explained about our organization to them. Helper4U is a 2 ½-year-old organization. It is an online placement portal to provide job opportunities to domestic workers like Aaya, Bai, Cook, Driver & Everyone similar and connect them to the Employers without the need of a middleman. All this by just using a mobile phone! Helper4U attended the summit so that the visitors and other stallholders could know this concept and use the platform effectively.
In the fourth panel Mrs. Meenakshi Jain (CEO Helper4U) was one of the speakers in this panel. Abhiraj Singh Bhal (CEO and Co-founder of Urban Clap), Sameer Nagpal(Director CoCubes) etc were also part of the panel.
During the discussion
Meenakshi shared some case studies to emphasize how technology is being used by Helper4U to scale up placements while also providing better & more opportunities to Job Seekers at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid. She explained how a platform like Helper4U can be used by all training partners . To place the trainees better and faster, at nearly no marketing expense.
She shared the details of the H4U Connect app. This App will soon be available for the Job Seekers for access to job opportunities as well as better interaction with prospective Employers.
Meenakshi also explained how use of technology does away with the exploitation of the workers at the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid at every stage. Finally, she shared her vision of using technology to upskill these workers with E learnings at their pace and place, as well as for marketing products targeted at them.
It was a great experience to visit in the summit as I have learned how to manage a stall. I also interacted with many intellectual people visiting the summit. The speeches were enriching . We were able to learn many new things which helped me in understanding the topic properly. It was truly a wonderful experience for me. At last I want to say that this sector needs more focus by the government which will help reduce the current state of unemployment.