India will have the world’s youngest population by 2020, with an average age of 29 years, and with 13 million people entering the workforce each year. However, as the ASER survey has shown, learning outcomes of students completing primary or even secondary schooling are extremely low, closing pathways to senior secondary or higher education. While vocational skills could be a short-term solution, only 2% of the workforce in India is currently formally skilled, leaving the vast majority of youth without the skills, knowhow or networks to enter the workforce. This leads to large scale unemployment or under-employment, even as industries are unable to fill their job vacancies.
In 2016, Dalit Sangh started dedicated Vocational Training Centre, constructed with support of General of Japan (GGP Unit). The objective was to train youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (age 18‐25 years) and provide them with employable skills, coupled with access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Today we have trained nearly 280 youth (primarily women) developing their individual and group enterprises. Covering trades like stitching, automobile repairing, motor binding and ICT. The interesting part of the programme is post-training mentoring support and collaboration of youth to other financial institutions. The programme is growing faster due to its high level of demand and unique teaching mechanism which involves internship process for better understanding.