356 million Indians are under the age of 25. That’s 30% of the country’s population, many of whom live at or below the poverty line. India’s youth faces serious problems of unemployment and underemployment. The causes are legion and include dropping out of high school because of poor education, needing to support one’s family at an early age, a lack of information on the job market, and, most importantly, not possessing the basic skills required by employers today. Many youth engage in daily wage work unaware of the opportunities available to them.
SAWED provides vocational training to low-literate youth in computers, tailoring, driving, auto mechanic, domestic wiring and motor rewinding. So they can earn a dependable livelihood and finally break the cycle of poverty. The important thing is that these courses equip boys and girls to earn twice as much as what their family would earn combined. As the course progressed, they not only learned subject skills but also learned to communicate, work in teams and accomplish projects. Healthy peer interaction and a positive environment of learning infused such confidence in them for winning over the challenges in life that they found jobs in their very first placement sessions organized by SAWED. Their success not only helps them and their families but serves as an inspiration to others and helps us realize our dream of helping needy members of society who only need a little support and a platform to show their calibre.
Vocational Training is thus a powerful tool. By making the destitute financially independent, it breaks the cycle of poverty, breeds confidence, self-respect and turns marginalized youth into responsible citizens of society. Moreover, it is possibly the single most effective program for the upliftment of women, according them the ability to chart their own destinies.
A comprehensive computer training programme aims at making the low-literate youth proficient in basic applications like – MS word, power point, MS excel, MS outlook express, internet etc. Most youth with consistent access to a computer over the period are eventually able to power up the machine, start up a pre-loaded application either from the hard disk or a CD-ROM, quit an application, operate the printer, access the Internet from the desktop, and even send an email, download pictures or images etc. Adaptive facilities are provided to the students according to the individual needs.
The beauty and expertise that Indians show in stitching and tailoring is admired by individuals across the globe. Specifically in India, there is a great diversity in the kinds of clothes people wear- each style is unique in its own way. Comprehending all these various styles is a challenge; with the challenge comes a great opportunity. SAWED’s Tailoring Course not only exposes students to different patterns of stitching, pattern making and cutting, it tries to establish a certain conformity and standardization of all these services. The Tailoring Program provides training as well as supports individuals in setting up their own workshops as entrepreneurs. We handhold these individuals in the set and provide constant mentorship and initial capital support.
India’s automotive industry is one of the key drivers of the country’s economy. The availability of skilled manpower to service the ever growing vehicle population – is seen as a critical area where there is a gap between the industry’s requirements and supply in the market. To address this gap SAWED started with vocational skill training in automotive courses (two-wheeler & three-wheeler mechanic) which train youth to become auto mechanics. We also offer Light Motor Vehicle driving course at our vocational centre.
The requirement for labour in the Construction industry is second most after agriculture in India. Shortage of skilled labour is one of the biggest challenges of construction companies. SAWED launched the electrician program to train youth in courses such as domestic wiring and agriculture motor rewinding. In our Electrician program, more than 95% of our students have been either placed with construction firms or have taken up self-employment. With an emphasis on practical training, we have set up electrical lab for our students to gain hands-on experience while training.
We also teach Spoken english, Life skills and IT skills in all our youth programs – these are real-world skills that increase self-confidence and employability.