Apprentice able Trades
Area of Intervention
Formal and Informal Industries
Lighting up Houses
Liton Sarker found out the harsh reality of life one summer when suddenly he stopped going to school. Liton went about trying to earn something when most of his friends spent their time running around and playing.
The bittersweet moment when young Liton’s sister was married off, also brought a little relief for the family of five since it meant one less mouth to feed. Liton’s father scrapes together a living with his small trade and Liton’s mother is a house-wife.
Liton says, “We are poor and it pains us.” When he saw that even his younger brother had started working in a workplace as Apprentice, Liton also had to start earning for his family. With little education and almost no skills, there was not much that Liton could do in this country of 160 million.
Destiny did finally bring light into his life as one of the many a2i’s projects started working with dropouts to integrate them into the workforce. He started learning electrical house wiring under a2i’s apprenticeship program at a workplace five days a week and on the sixth day Liton used to go to a training institute to gather theoretical knowledge. After completing six months long apprenticeship programme, he is lighting up people’s homes with the hope that it will light up his family. Now he is earning more than ten thousand taka per month and having a better life too.