With the objective of promoting and empowering local skilled workers, YouthNet in partnership with the Department of Labour and Employment launched “Dial Nagaland” on July 21, 2015. Dial Nagaland is a classified directory of local skilled workers which the public can gain access to, by calling a number (70850-50006) and requesting for the services of skilled workers such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, masons, painters etc.
The operator then connects the potential customers/clients to the available skilled workers by giving them the contact information of the available skilled workers. The customers can then get in touch directly with the skilled workers for negotiations and avail their services.
Dial Nagaland was conceptualized and created to address the issue of inaccessibility of local skilled workers including the innumerable skilled people from ITIs across the state, and to help the local skilled workers in their marketing by creating linkages and publicity. Dial Nagaland also aims to improve the level of professionalism of the skilled workers by imparting training as and when necessary, and to organize the local skilled labour industry in the state. The services will be first piloted in Kohima and Dimapur before going to other districts. Dial Nagaland currently has close to 80 skilled workers registered across different sectors and more are welcome to register for free at the YouthNet offices in Kohima and Dimapur.
It may be noted that Dial Nagaland is being undertaken through YouthNet’s Impact 5000 by 18 – a five-year program on entrepreneurship, skill development and employment.