More young people live in India than in any other country and their numbers are projected to increase for decades to come. More than 12 million enter the workforce each year yet few have the skills required for employment. The Government of India has set a target to skill 400 million people by 2022 and established the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) as part of this mission. Through NSDC, government is engaged with private sector partners to advance strategic approaches in skills development by creating public-private partnerships with companies involved in skill training.
"Best Practices Guidelines and Toolkit on Engaging the Private Sector in Skills Development”, jointly developed by UNDP IICPSD and Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries(SESRIC), will inspire, motivate and mobilize the private sector for its active engagement in skills training for employment. The guidelines and toolkit will help stakeholders to collaborate more closely with companies, chambers of commerce and business associations.
The need to properly equip women with relevant job skills to meet the demands of labour markets today and in the future is urgent.
Youth4Jobs provides skill development to differently-abled youth from rural areas. This organization has developed unique training and outreach modules that are changing perceptions about disabled youth and their capabilities to work among employers, parents and youth themselves. Youth4Jobs has devised an integrated course to improve soft skills, English language efficiency and sector specific competencies.
LabourNet works with unskilled and semi-skilled unorganized workers by providing skilling and capacity building services, recognition of prior learning, employment linkages, as well as financial inclusion, social protection and welfare services.
The GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF) is the corporate social responsibility initiative set up in 2003 by GMR Group, an infrastructure company. This foundation originated to assist company’s operations including land acquisition and other activities, which affects communities around it. GMRVF’s vocational training programme is tied to relevant industries in the provision of sector specific skill development.
Empower Pragati is a private venture in the skilling industry in India with a focus on home management for women in the informal sector. It began as an enterprise with a mission of women empowerment by transforming domestic workers into home managers. It has already provided training to 75,359 candidates in as many as 14 ranges of sectors. This company has evolved as a profitable and sustainable venture as well as a successful enterprise.
: Dr. Reddy’s Foundation (DRF) is a non-profit partner of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories. DRF acts as a catalyst of change that fosters, develops and promotes initiative at individual, group and organizational levels to achieve sustainable development. It provides short term skill training to youth aged 18-30 years to provide immediate access to market relevant skills and jobs. DRF has improved livelihoods of 340,131 youth through training, including 7,884 disabled youth.
B-ABLE is a skill development arm of BASIX Social Enterprise Group. It has been engaged in providing training to Indian youth since 2009, where it provided industry specific and hands-on skills to disadvantaged sections of the society. Its main objective is to create an environment for lifelong learning, economic empowerment and inclusive development through skills.
The All India Society for Electronic and Computer Technology (AISECT) was created to bridge the information and communications technology gap between urban and rural areas of India. AISECT empowers youth with skill training and it also use the franchise model to build entrepreneurial network.