On one side, the percentage of youth getting formal skill training is very low and on the other side, the unavailability of appropriately-skilled manpower. Through Saksham, we address this issue and bridge the gap. The program is exclusively designed to empower Men, Women and Youth through skilling.
Skilling, as a livelihood intervention, is a crucial step in ensuring long-term positive social impact in communities. Through a holistic approach of integrating education and community development with employability and entrepreneurship, we ensure sustainable livelihood for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. We provide technical and vocation skills to enable employability and entrepreneurship and improve the socioeconomic status of people. We collaborate with large organisations and other NGOs to ensure far-reaching environmental, social and economic impacts in their value chains through CSR Partnerships.
We conduct training and upskilling of existing workforce at the workplace, to enable career growth. We also undertake on-the-job training programs to enable certifications, and fill gaps in existing and requisite skill sets.
We have made a constructive impact on more than 16,000 lives through our skill development programme. We mapped the skills with employment opportunities available in their region and observed that youth aspired to build their careers in sectors such as Apparel, Beauty, Construction and Automotive for livelihoods. We also saw great interest in Furniture & Fittings, Organized Retail and IT-ITeS sectors as well.
Entrepreneurship is a key factor that leads to sustainable economic development in different sectors and regions. Under our Entrepreneurship program, we offer educational initiatives such as digital and financial literacy. We actively work on facilitating capital funds, developing business plans, and mentoring hand-holding for up to three years.
Sujan hails from a remote village of Kolkata. One day a mobilizer of Sambhav who came to his door. He gave hope to Sujan that by getting trained with AkzoNobel and Sambhav Foundation’s training program on Car Painting and Refinishing. Soon after the training which was for 15 days, Sujan was placed as a head helper in company as named Agency House, a Maruti Suzuki Showroom and service centre in Port Blair, in the body repair and paint shop department. He earns a fixed pay of Rs.9500 per month and gets incentives for overtime and feedback from customers.
Aarti Jairaj Bhilare from Yerwada, Pune, hails from a middle class family. After her studies, she was searching for a job so that she could support her family financially and secure her future. She came to know about the Retail Sales Training program offered by Bata through Sambhav and procured more information about the course from the centre. Without losing time, she enrolled herself. After passing out she was placed at Prince Textorium in retail sales. She earns Rs. 7200 per month and hopes to get better opportunities with experience.
Abhijit is a teenager from Kenda in West Bengal. Kenda is one of the many backward villages in West Bengal and for Abhijit it meant that his family was constantly struggling to make ends meet. His father is the sole bread winner of the family who works as a daily laborer.Upon speaking with some friends Abhijit realized that skill development training would allow him to get skilled and find work. One day, while surfing on his mobile phone, he came across the Plumbing General course implemented by Sambhav. He was immediately interested in pursuing the course. Without giving it too much thought, Abhijit enrolled for the same. The training offered him a sea of opportunities and improved his knowledge and interview skills. He was finally offered the position of Plumbing Service Technician at Tech Squad at a monthly salary of Rs. 13,500.