The Census of India findings show that adolescents from the poorer strata of society are not in the labour force due to lack of resources, skills, familial constraints and their poor economic conditions. High school education in India does not equip students with skills to get jobs or earn a livelihood in the formal workforce. In a study carried out by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in 2015, where 100,000 youth appeared for an Employability Skills Test across domains, only 34% were found employable. A non-conducive educational environment and lack of positive role models for young people living in slum environments inadequately caters to the career aspirations of youth or their ability to improve their livelihood opportunities. The school education system in India is focused on exam results rather than on skill development, preparedness for higher education and jobs. Training on career planning and guidance for secondary school and higher education are not at all imparted in schools because most of the government schools are understaffed, have little to no teaching resources, lack infrastructure to deliver 21st century life skills and finally, teachers themselves are not trained or equipped to impart this knowledge. The existing vocational courses for youth rarely focus on developing multi-skill capabilities including life skills such as problem-solving. This, coupled with lack of resources, gender inequality and poverty, has resulted in young people not seeing the value of education with over 60% of students in India dropping out before grade 8. Girls living in slum communities, where Bright Future works, have limited access to vocational training and those offered to girls are often gender-specific like beauty parlour training and sewing which lead only to low paid jobs, usually in the informal sector. In addition, a large number of youth in Mumbai slums are migrants from other states who lack documents of identity and proof of city residence which further curtails their ability to find work.
New Resolution India (Bright Future) was founded by Kishor Palve in 2009. He had worked as a programme coordinator with EMpower’s grantee Aangan Trust which works with adolescent boys and girls to enable them to become positive role models within their communities. While working with Aangan, he realised the need for supporting and equipping adolescents with life skills so that they can make career plans and get jobs. With this vision, he started the Bright Future livelihood programme that provides skills training, career counselling, job exposure and placement support to youth age 13-24 (legal working age is 14 for family-based work). By partnering with Unlimited India, Mahindra Group and State Government institutions, they work at the intersection of education and livelihoods, to link youth with employment opportunities. They work with school dropouts from marginalized communities in Worli, Kurla, Bandu and Kandivali. The livelihood training includes life skills development, career guidance, mentorship, internship and placement assistance. Since 2010, they have trained 422 youth of which 78% have been placed in full-time jobs—a high success rate for livelihoods programmes.
EMpower’s 2nd grant to Bright Future will enable 140 girls and 60 boys to gain employability skills training and placement support.
Primary Location: Mumbai
Funded Since: 2016
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