GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF) established a vocational training Institute at Jarjangi village of Srikakulam District of Andhra Pradesh (A.P) in 2006 with the objective of imparting skill development training to youth of the area and also develop entrepreneurial traits among them to enable them stand on their feet. JIRED is housed in premises kindly donated by Shri HJ Dora and family.
The Institute conducts training programs such as Ladies Tailoring, Bedside Attendant, T.V and VCD repairs, Mobile Phone Repairing, Taxi Driving, Two Wheeler Repairs, and Electrician Course etc. The trades are selected keeping in mind the local potential so that the trainees can establish their own ventures locally without migrating to towns. The candidates are selected based on set eligibility criteria and they are in the age group of 18-35 years and for those from Srikakulam or Vizianagaram Districts. The institute provides free training, lodging and boarding facilities. The institute also tries to bring about a positive change in the attitude of the trainees and to transform them into responsible citizens of the society.
After completion of the training, the institute continues to follow up trainees for a period of two years and provide all necessary guidance and help in their settlement. In some cases the institute takes up with the concerned service area bank for arranging finance for setting up the unit.
The institute provides the course material and tool kits for relevant trades.
The institute conducts confidence building sessions, yoga sessions, personality development classes and sessions on health and nutrition.
So far the Institute has trained close to 2787 candidates (1065 male and 1722 female). Out of these 2477 candidates (792 male and 1685 female) have been settled in their respective fields with a healthy 89% settlement rate
To cover youth of tribal communities, some training programs are targeted exclusively for ST youth.