Youth skills development programs
Youth from poor families lack opportunities for employment and for self-employment due to various causes. They are on the look-out for affordable vocational course that is not only of interest to them but also enables them to enhance their employability.
Through two programs, the Market Aligned Skills Training for 120 youths a year (MAST) Mathiukere Bangalore supported by Quest Alliances. MAST Mysore is covering 300 youths every year and SteP (Smile’s Twin E Learning Program) at Yelahanka Bangalore are supporting 160 youths every year in association with the smile foundation, the youth are able to participate in employment and placement friendly vocational courses and are placed in to good jobs.
Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST)
Started in 2015, MAST program teaches relevant vocational skills to youth from poor families, 10th Class pass, dropouts at the PUC or college level, and gives them the much needed opportunities for employment. We offer courses that are of interest to them and also needed in the workplace. Earlier, we were training the youth in graphic and print design in Bangalore. Since 2018, as per a new training schedule, we are training youth and adults (18-35 years) in retail marketing, fashion designing, electrical courses as well as spoken English, computer operations and personality management. This Centre has initiated a training cum production/servicing unit at Mysuru with the support of American India Foundation and plans to train 280 students each year.
We are also running a similar centre in Mathikere, Bangalore with the support of Quest Alliances for about 120 youths a year since 2018.
During 2017-2018, MAST completed two terms with 49 students. Of these, 70% have been placed in graphic, print and design companies like Photo Express, Fix Group, Digitalizer, Printo and others. Some of the students have begun to work on a freelance basis.
Sparsha Trust has collaborated with the Smile Foundation India to create a four month course to mentor students between 18-26 years of age on computer basics, digital literacy, spoken and functional English, personality development and retail management.
Smile’s Twin E-Learning Program (STEP), located in Yelahanka, is for students who have completed their SSLC, or PUC, or are college dropouts. Started in 2016, 120 students are being trained each year, and 60% have been placed in jobs and the rest continue with their studies.
Most of the students have been hired in the Consumer Retail Sector, companies like More, Reliance Fresh, Health and Glow, Food World, and Coffee Day.