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Job Training Course for AWWs (Introduction)

Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is the largest child care programme in the world that speaks of Government's commitment to children, who are future pillars for a strong human resource development needed by India. The Anganwadi Worker is one of most important frontline workers, who own major responsibility for delivering an integrated package of services to children & women and building up the capacity of community, especially of mothers for child-care and development. Thus, it is important that Anganwadi Worker (AWW) is well equipped with reference material and has adequate skills to make ICDS reach the masses in a simple and beneficial manner.

In order to upgrade the skills and knowledge of Anganwadi Worker she should be well trained. AWW is responsible in planning and organizing the delivery of ICDS services at AWC to its beneficiaries. An anganwadi worker is the flag post or the first point of contact for the community, regarding ICDS services she is the main catalyst responsible for the successful delivery of services at the ground level. Thus, it is important that she is supported and guided all throughout.  

The syllabus for Job Training Course (JTC) for Anganwadi workers has been developed keeping in view the role, job responsibilities, qualifications and skills required by anganwadi workers that will support her in the field. A learner and resource person should be aware of the current information about ICDS programme. The content will help the AWWs with better monitoring tools, and counselling material. This course can be accessed by not only AWWs, who are currently in the job but also by anyone who is an ICDS trainer such as CDPOs, Supervisors and Instructors of MLTCs/AWTCs, Post Graduates in Home Science, Public Health and Social Sciences with specialization in Women / child related programmes.

For the Anganwadi Workers there will be a contact program to be held at NIPCCD or its Regional Centers for hands on supervised training to enhance the knowledge of the functionaries. However, for the trainers, different contact programs will be held so that they are able to train the ICDS functionaries to carry out their jobs effectively and provide supportive supervision. The working AWWs would be eligible for Anganwadi Worker JTC certificate while the trainers would be given Training of Trainers – ICDS Certificate after the contact programme.