Caregiver Training Scheme


To provide caregiver training and create a workforce to support high need persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities, their families and institutions (Hospitals, Schools, NGOs etc).

Scheme Description

This scheme aims at setting up Caregiver Cells (CGCs) to provide training and create a skilled workforce of caregivers to provide adequate and nurturing care for Person with Disabilities (PwD) and their families who require it. It also seeks to provide parents an opportunity to get trained in caregiving if they so desire. This scheme will provide a choice of training through two levels of courses to allow it to create caregivers suited to work both with families of persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and other institutions catering to the needs of the PwDs (NGOs, work centres etc.,). The details of the schemes are as follows.

Primary Training

The Primary Training is a three month course expected to train candidates in basic caregiver skills. Primary compulsory modules need to cover orientation to areas such as autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, family needs, health, nutrition, basic management in activities of daily living, assistive devices and barrier free environment, orientation and mobility sensory motor stimulation. It will also include training in administering first aid care.

The course needs to be designed to be a classroom study of minimum 1.5 months, Followed by on-the-job training through internships of minimum 1.5 months. Money received during internships by the concerned caregiver intern shall belong to that caregiver intern only.

Candidate Details
Candidates who are at least 8th class pass or equivalent are eligible to apply to this course. Parents or guardians may also apply for this course but their course will be deemed as complete after the end of the theory period. Internship is optional for Parents or Guardians who complete the theory period.

Advanced Training

This is six month course to train candidates in advanced caregiver skills. Advanced Caregiving course will cover modules such as language and communication (including sign language), social interactions, socio-emotional management, learning and understanding, behaviour management, managing sexuality, working with adults and administering advanced medical care including regular theoretical inputs.

The course needs to be designed to consist of class room study of minimum 3 months followed by an on-the-job training though internships of minimum 3 months for candidates. Money received during internship by the concerned caregiver intern shall belong to that caregiver intern only.

Candidate Details
Candidates who are at least 10th class pass or class 8th pass (with primary caregiver training completed successfully) are eligible for this course. The caregivers who have successfully completed the training under the previous Sahyogi scheme and/or basic RCI trainings will also be eligible to apply for the advanced course. Parents or guardians of persons with disabilities may also apply for this course but their course will be deemed as completed after the end of the theory period and it will not be mandatory to do the internship.

Caregiving Training Centre
The RO who enrols for the scheme is expected to arrange the following while setting up the Caregiver training Centre

Infrastructure Facilities
The Caregiver Training Facility Centre must be adequately equipped to handle training sessions of 1.5 months (for Primary Training) to 3 months (for advance training) at a time for a batch of approximately 30 trainees as the case may be. The venue of reasonable size may be rented or owned by the RO.


There should be a provision of at least one qualified trained per batch of 30 caregiver trainees for the  basic or advanced course as the case may be. The Subject basis. at Matter Experts (SME) for other permanent topics/issues shall be deployed  by RO on a need basis.

Training Material

The RO must have provisions for the resource material of the training ad ensures that all trainees have access to it

Counselling for Placement

Counselling and guidance must be provided to parents/guardians/schools/employers of PwDs on the requirement of trained caregivers for the PwDs and to find suitable homes and workplaces for trained caregivers. In order to do this, the RO may leverage the caregiver placement module on the National Trust’s website or organize job fairs for trained caregivers.

Visit at Parents / Guardians home by RO

RO shall visit the home of all parents/guardians of PwDs who have undertaken caregiver training, Whether primary or advanced (only theory part) to review progress in providing proper care to PwD at home. Reports of these visits have to be set to the National Trust (minimum 200 words). For Primary Training, at least 2 visits are required per parents/guardian of PwD and for advanced, at least 3 visits are required per parents / guardian of PwD.

The RO may charge upto a maximum of Rs. Rs. 1000/- per trainee per month for improving the quality of training (maximum of INR 3000/- for primary course and INR 6000/- for advanced course). But, It is not mandatory. However, there shall not be any charge from parents/guardians of PwDs who are also undergoing the caregiver training.

Funding Pattern

The National Trust will provide funding to the Caregiver Training Centre under following three heads

Setup Cost

Non-recurring cost for setting the training centre will be provided to the RO to adequately equip the venue of the training. This will be provided for the first training conducted by any RO. The set up cost will be provided to cover the cost of the computer, projector and assistive devices required for training. It will only be provided at the time of first application for registration under Sahyogi. All subsequent applications for future batches by the same RO will be eligible for only the trained cost and stipend.

Setup cost will be recovered if minimum 2 batches are no trained within the first two years. The RO will become re-eligible for set up cost after the completion of training 360 people. This is being done in order to replace the equipment, furniture, Computer etc., at the centre.

Trainee Cost

The National Trust shall pay the RO to cover the operational expenses (Venue charges, cost of training material and trainer fees) of training incurred by RO per training per module.

If there are extra expenses, it will be borne by the RO.

Trainee Stipend

The Trainees shall also be entitled to a stipend. The National Trust shall reimburse the stipend paid by RO to the trainee. It will be the responsibility of the RO to pay the candidate the stipend and submit the signed receipt to the National Trust for reimbursement of the stipend amount. The stipend amount will be reimbursed for all candidates including parents who opt to complete the internships.