Swades Foundation the philanthropic endeavour of Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala, recently completed the training of 5,000 youth in rural Maharashtra through its Youth Skilling program. This was conducted in collaboration with the support of CSR partners, Udyogwardini and Learnet Skills. Out of the 5,000 youth who participated in the Youth Skilling Program, 83% were successfully placed in jobs and were either employed or self-employed. The skilling program targets the underserved youth in the age group of 18-35 years. By equipping the youth who attend the program with the relevant skill sets including soft skills, they are groomed for meaningful employment opportunities. Their employment can fetch them an annual amount of INR 80,000 – 1,20,000.
Mangesh Wange – CEO of Swades Foundation stated that Swades empowers the rural communities in transforming their lives. The support for sustainable opportunities for livelihood, and skilling the youth are an integral part of the training. The diverse courses range from masonry to electricals to accounting and hospitality. All the courses offered at the Swades Foundation are affiliated to the NSDC or the National Skill Development Corporation. The duration of a regular course is 45 days. Over 30 crores INR of income have been added per annum to households in rural Maharashtra through the skilling training at the Foundation. Through its’ holistic transformation model Swades works in the fields of education, nutrition and health, sanitation and economic development.
The forced migration trend is also addressed and curbed through these courses as they contribute in building a self-reliant rural community. He added that they were scaling their efforts to reach more youth in rural Maharashtra and beyond through their skilling program.
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