Recognizing the need to facilitate the disabled with basic skill based livelihood training and provide broader employment opportunities, the ‘Livelihood Resource Centre’ (LRC) was conceptualized by Samarthanam in 1999. Samarthanam LRC provides technical and sector based skill training, like training in BPO and Call Centre operations, to youth with disabilities and from underserved backgrounds. Training categories include tele-calling, communication skills, accent training, customer service, soft skills, client relations and conflict management. The LRCs also work as skill centers offering industry specific market driven training in different sectors like Hospitality, Retail, Garments, IT & ITES, Entrepreneurship and Business Management Skills. The training curriculum has been developed in consultation with industry experts to meet the market demand. The training, food and accommodation is provided free of cost and post training, the candidates are provided with placement and post placement support. Each LRC is accompanied with separate hostel facility for boys and girls providing free food and accommodation.
The Resource Centres are equipped with accessible infrastructure to support persons with cross disabilities including ramps, wheelchairs, railings (for persons with physical disabilities), JAWS software, Braille and audio books (for persons with visual disabilities), signs and boards (for persons with hearing impairments).
Samarthanam established 10 LRCs spread across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand and have trained around 7500 unskilled youth, with a placement record of above 80%. Given the high demand for such services and its potential to transform lives of youth with disabilities, Samarthanam is planning to upgrade and expand this model of skill training and placement to new geographies like Delhi NCR, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Samarthanam has a special cell dedicated for placements. The placement team maintains a record on the outgoing students from the various initiatives and skill development projects and provides suitable employment opportunities.
The ten LRCs include: