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Bhoomika Trust

Bhoomika Trusts StepOne Program

Bhoomika Trust was set up in February 2001 and its main focus is to support the education and livelihood needs of underprivileged individuals. StepOne is an initiative of Bhoomika Trust to facilitate job opportunities for youth with disability. Bhoomika Trusts StepOne program facilitates a one month Work Experience Opportunity for youth with disability who are in the age group of 18-35 years and are seeking suitable jobs. Through StepOne, these individuals are provided an opportunity for a period of one month in organizations that have previously not employed persons with disability. This enables them to get valuable work experience and also help them to showcase their skills and abilities in the organizations where they are placed during this period. The organizations provide them one month work opportunity and a work experience certificate on completion but are not under any obligation to offer the candidate employment at the end of this period. However at the end of one month, if the company is satisfied with the performance of the candidate, they could consider them for employment. Bhoomika Trust pays the candidate a stipend during this one month work experience opportunity. Bhoomika Trust does not charge the candidate or the potential employer any fee towards this program. Through the interactions the individuals have with others in the company, StepOne functions as a one month sensitization program. The candidates are encouraged to be proactive so as to create awareness and change the perceptions about persons with disability in the organization. Bhoomika Trust provides support to the candidates on an individual basis and also as a group to enable and empower them. As agents of change, candidates are not only motivated to showcase their skills and abilities, but are also able to sensitize and educate others on various disability related issues. The Social Group Work sessions organized by Bhoomika Trust for StepOne candidates at Loyola College 3rd Room in Biology department provide a platform for the candidates to share skills and learn from one another. Through StepOne, Bhoomika Trust serves as a facilitator by linking persons with disability who are seeking jobs with potential employers. Candidates are identified
Flat No: 3, Saravanalayam Old No: 19, New No: 33, P.S.Sivaswamy salai, Mylapore, Chennai 600004, Tamil Nadu, India Ph: 91-44-24981967, Fax: +91-44-24660562 Email: bhoomikaindia@yahoo.co.in www.bhoomikaindia.org http://www.youtube.com/StepOneBhoomikaTrust

Bhoomika Trust

through special schools and NGOs in Chennai which offer vocational training for persons with disability. Candidates are also introduced by existing candidates. Information on the candidates profile is collected including their skills, abilities, areas of interest and their functional limitations. When the candidates register for the program, the details of the program are explained to them and they are made aware of the fact that being offered employment at the end of the one-month work experience depends entirely on the individuals work performance during this period. Based on the requirements / job tasks, registered candidates are matched with potential employers for a one month work experience. StepOne program, which commenced in October 2007, currently caters to persons with visual impairment considering the challenges they have to overcome in terms of finding suitable employment. As on 31st March 2011, 43 candidates have benefitted from StepOnes one month work experience opportunity at various organizations in Chennai and 84% of them have been offered employment by the same organisations. Organizations that have come forward to support this initiative include Automotive Coaches and Components Ltd., Ayyappa Enterprises, Brain Square Consultancy, Callidai Motor Works, Dexterity KPO Services Pvt Ltd, e4e Business Solutions India Pvt Ltd, Genlite Engineering Pvt Ltd, Grundfos Pumps India Pvt Ltd, Hotel Sennthur, Jacob Begot Associates (Aircel), Orchid Health Care, PAADHAI Trust, Rage Communications Pvt.Ltd, Sharmanee Enterprises, Swetha Pad Printers, Swasthik Sahits Solution Pvt Ltd. Currently about 50 persons with visual impairment of both genders in the age group of 18 to 35, with and without formal education have registered with StepOne. They are capable of doing voice based jobs like Customer support / Tele-marketing / Coordinating with drivers / suppliers etc. They can also carry out simple routine jobs in factory/ productions units like counting, packing and sorting. With the aid of JAWS (screen reading software) some of them can also work on computers. All of them can speak Tamil, while some can also speak English. They use Braille for taking down notes/ phone numbers etc. All these candidates are almost independent and commute on their own, anywhere in Chennai. Organisations can be a part of StepOne program by offering this one-month work experience opportunity to persons with disability and interested individuals with disability can register with Bhoomika Trust to benefit from StepOne. To know more and to get involved in this program, please contact Bhoomika Trust at 24981967 / 94444 51268.

Flat No: 3, Saravanalayam Old No: 19, New No: 33, P.S.Sivaswamy salai, Mylapore, Chennai 600004, Tamil Nadu, India Ph: 91-44-24981967, Fax: +91-44-24660562 Email: bhoomikaindia@yahoo.co.in www.bhoomikaindia.org http://www.youtube.com/StepOneBhoomikaTrust