Pune: Udyogini, an NGO working towards promoting entrepreneurship and youth employability skills among the underprivileged, announced its strategic collaboration with Citi India and EduBridge Learning to launch the first (of the three) LEAD Academy(ies) in Pune, on the eve of World Youth Skills Day 2017. In a scenario where only 2.3% of the workforce in India has undergone formal skill training, as compared to other developed nations , the initiative aims to directly impact 600 unemployed youth in Pune and 2000 collectively.
The joint partnership between Udyogini, EduBridge Learning and Citi India would in a month’s time also translate into two other similar academies in Mumbai. The LEAD Academy will provide high quality skill development and employment linked training for unemployed youth, acting as a catalyst for them to find meaningful employment opportunities. The particular center over a period of one year, will impart 600 youth a basic foundation course on spoken English & basic computers, besides also providing specialised courses that impart an overall understanding of the various sectors that they could find employment in – the BFSI, IT, Retail, and Hospitality sectors, among others. The first level reasoning for this is that, most of these youth remain unemployed for the lack of a basic understanding of these sectors that they seek employability in, and the need for basic use of English and IT skills, in a corporate work environment.
Arvind Mallik, CEO, Udyogini said, “We cherish this moment to collaborate and partner with Citicorp and Edubridge. To create better world requires partnerships and corporations must embrace the benefit of cooperating with one another. “Lead” academy will pave the way to boost job creation with industry demand and entrepreneurship is the key to create employment opportunities among thousands of poor and some most disadvantage communities including young girls.”
Girish Singhania, CEO, Edubridge Learning said, “We are extremely proud to be partnering with Udyogini & Citicorp. This marks the coming together of like-minded entities to build an academy that would be a beacon in the field of transforming the lives of unemployed youth of our country. We look forward to walking with thousands of youth towards a better life over the next several years along with Citi India and Udyogini.”
Debasis Ghosh, Public Affairs Officer, Citi India said, “Facilitating employability is an even more pressing need in today’s scenario, as much as jobs creation. A majority of urban as well as rural youth struggle in finding the right employment despite having the required technical skill sets. Partnering in setting up of the Lead Training Centre gives us immense pride as this is well aligned with the Government of India’s important ‘Skill India’ mission and is committed to empowering young India into meaningful careers that can aide their future.”
Over the next one month two more academies will be launched in Mumbai with an aim to reach out to an additional 1300 youth in Maharashtra alone that will provide employment linked training. Collectively, the program aims to provide high quality employment linked training to 2,000 youth leading to sustainable employment for 1,400 unemployed youth thereby increasing the household income of 1,400 families by more than 100%. The program will also ensure certification from the Govt of India for over 1,600 youth, enabling them to become employable in the labour market in India.
Edubridge Learning is an award winning and highly acclaimed skill development organisation started by IIM Alumni to transform the lives of unemployed youth across the country. Edubridge currently operates 100 training centers across 14 states and works with more than 40,000 unemployed youth every year to transform their lives and increase their household incomes by more than 100% by providing them job opportunities in the formal sector.
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