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New beginning for these women

Staff Reporter

They have been trained in the basics of housekeeping

— PHOTO: S.R. RAGHUNATHAN

Clean start: Participants of the training course in housekeeping course in Chennai recently.

CHENNAI: These women come from diverse backgrounds and are trying to carve a niche for themselves.

Six of them who underwent a month-long housekeeping training course at Sheraton Chola Hotel here were selected from a list of 15 candidates chosen by non-governmental organisations working with underprivileged women.

The women were trained in cleaning hotel suites and the kitchen store room and taught to handle video cameras in the security department.

No guaranteed job

It is a new experience that these young women have shored up on.

The course does not mean that the women would be placed in the hotel or the ITC group, which conducted the programme as part of its corporate social responsibility, said a member of Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Board, which has organised the programme, at the valedictory of the course.

The selected candidates had been residents of short-stay homes at one time in their life for various reasons.

New Delhi-based Central Social Welfare Board, in partnership with ITC Hotels is conducting such programmes across the country, she said.

The trainees, in their late teens and twenties, said the training was beneficial. S. Sathya and A. Kokila, room mates at the Madras Christian Council of Social Service, are in their late teens and the youngest in the team.

Both of them said they enjoyed the training programme though they knew that there was no job waiting for them at the end of it.

Kokila is pursuing a diploma course in mobile software and is hopeful of a career in the field.

S. Banu is working with children in an adoption centre called Angel Home. S. Vimalamary and C. Arthi are married but are first-time trainees, who feel they have learnt something new.

Arthi summed up the candidates’ plans when she asked: “Will you let us know when such free courses are offered? Such courses will expose us to better opportunities.”

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