Title of the Project

SAKSHAM: Vocational Training for 4700 Youth Employability(Mumbai 2500 & Pune 2200)

Project Concept

The proposed project aims to provide market-led vocational training to 47000 marginalized urban youth (Mumbai 2500 & Pune 2200) from disadvantaged families residing in Pune and Mumbai urban slums. The intervention aims to offer the youth an opportunity to explore the rapidly growing service industry trades, such as retail, hospitality, health care, and BPOs, that have a significant skill gap. By imparting vocational skills to the youth, the project aims to tackle unemployment while channelizing their energy towards productive activities.

To ensure the success of the project, we will work closely with Plan International, leveraging their market intelligence and expertise. Together, we will finalize the training trades by analyzing the trends in the new market economy. This approach will help ensure that the training provided is relevant and market-driven, increasing the chances of the youth’s employability and success in the chosen trades.


India is currently in the midst of a demographic dividend with a large working-age population of 15 to 59 years of age. However, this dividend can only be realized if this population is equipped with the right skills and knowledge to be productive in the workforce. With this working-age population set to rise exponentially over the coming decades, there is a pressing need to encourage them to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for employability. This will not only ensure India’s competitiveness in the global market but also reduce the number of people working in the unorganized sector. However, the reality is that employers are unlikely to invest in skilling their employees and individuals themselves are constrained to mobilize their own resources for up-skilling. As a result, there are currently very few job-ready workers available in the market. It is therefore essential to provide market-savvy skills training to both the growing young workforce and the middle-aged who may lack the required competency to move up the ladder of growth. Up-skilling individuals in the current economic space will increase their chances of acquiring better employment opportunities.

In recent years, India has experienced rapid economic growth driven by advances in new-age industries. This growth has resulted in an increase in purchasing power, leading to a greater demand for higher-quality services. However, there is a significant shortage of skilled manpower in the country, and it is becoming increasingly important to focus on developing and enhancing the skill sets of the young population.The COVID-19 pandemic has also amplified the challenges faced by young people, especially those who lack skills.

The proposed project aims to provide training to interested and needy youth to acquire skills and secure jobs in the market. Employers are constantly searching for skilled manpower in the technology and manufacturing sectors that can contribute to the growth of a green India. However, there is a mismatch between demand and supply. The reasons for unemployment include limited access to job-oriented vocational training programs, traditional sources of education and vocational training, an increase in technology adoption at the industry level, and high population growth, especially among migrant populations.

Need of the project

The project’s need is evident, as employers are continuously searching for skilled manpower in service sector, retail, logistic, technology and manufacturing sectors that can contribute to  India’s growth. However, there is a significant mismatch in demand and supply. Limited access to job-oriented vocational training programs, traditional sources of education and vocational training, an increase in technology adoption at the industry level, and high population growth, particularly among migrant populations, are the primary reasons for unemployment, as identified through previous experience and discussions with various stakeholders.

As per our previous experienceand discussion with various stakeholders the basic reasons of unemployment are:

  • Limited access to job oriented vocational training programmes.
  • Traditional way/ sources of education and vocational trainings.
  • Increase in technology adoption at industry level.
  • High population growth (especially migrant population).


Proposed Project

The purpose of this project is to provide job-oriented vocational training to marginalized youth residing in urbanslums. The training program will focus on retail, service sectors, and logistics, with a special emphasis onmultipurpose executives. The retail and hospitality/service industries are facing a severe shortage of skilled staff, making this training vital to meet the growing demand for skilled personnel. The project aims to provide at least 4700youths with sustainable livelihoods by providing them with the necessary skills and strong placement linkages.

This training program is not just about impacting the lives of individuals, but also about positively influencing their families and communities. In addition to technical skills, the training program will include core employability skills such as goal setting, communication, job search strategies, interview preparation, and financial planning. The technical content of the program will be developed in collaboration with industries/institutes working in the sector and will be based on the market demand, following the NSDC QPs.
The aim of the project is to provide youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the skills and knowledge they need to secure sustainable livelihoods, improve their economic well-being, and contribute to their communities development. By collaborating with industries and institutes, the training program will be tailored to meet market demand, ensuring the employability and success of the trainees.

Target Group

The unemployed youthof the focused area who have the 3As (Attitude, Aptitude and Ambition) to achieve beyond the opportunities they have been given by helping them to get ready for work.The specific qualification will be:

  • The age group will be 18-29 years.
  • At least 12th
Focused Trades for placements in the service industry
  • Hospitality & Service Industry
  • Retail/ Malls
  • Facilities Management
  • Self-Employment

Project Strategy

Scope of Work and Action Plan

1. Batch Plan

Develop a batch plan for each Saksham centre based on target numbers and the educational qualifications of youth. This will involve identifying the number of batches needed to train the targeted number of youth and allocating trainers accordingly. The batch plan should also take into account the availability of training infrastructure and resources.

2. Market Assessment

Conduct a rapid market assessment to identify employment sector-specific requirements. This will involve gathering data on job opportunities, skill requirements, and employer expectations for each trade sector. This information will help to inform the training program and ensure that it aligns with market needs.

3. Community Mobilization and Career Counselling

Identify communities and slums where youth in need of training can be mobilized. Provide them with career counselling to enable them to take up training as per their interest and aptitude. This will involve engaging with community leaders, conducting awareness campaigns, and organizing career guidance sessions.

4. Experiential Learning

Facilitate at least 160 hours of experiential learning to youth enrolled in Saksham program through classroom training, role play, guest lecture, industry visit, on-the-job training, assignment, etc. The experiential learning approach will ensure that the youth gain practical skills that will prepare them for the job market.

5. Job Placement

Ensure 90% job placement of the youth with established and renowned companies and brands. This will involve identifying potential employers, establishing relationships with them, and matching the trained youth to suitable job openings. The job placement strategy should also focus on tracking employer feedback to improve the quality of the training program.

6. Mentorship

Provide three months of mentorship to all placed youth. This will involve assigning a mentor to each placed youth to help them transition to the workplace and provide them with guidance and support as they settle into their new roles.

7. Attendance Tracking

80%+ attendance of all aspirants will be ensured. Record attendance of all youth enrolled in the training, trainers, and assessors using RFID cards. This will ensure accurate tracking of attendance and facilitate the preparation of monthly progress reports.

8. Record Keeping

Maintain detailed records of attendance, reports related to training and assessment of youth, organize industry visits, job placement, post-placement follow-up as per MIS requirement of Plan India. This will involve setting up a data management system to collect, store, and analyze data on the training program and its outcomes.

9. Monthly Progress Reports

Prepare and submit regular monthly progress reports, photos, case studies, etc. These reports will provide stakeholders with updates on the program's progress and help to identify areas that need improvement.

10. Compliance and Performance Reporting

Submit data on compliance and performance as required for monitoring purposes. This will involve providing regular updates on the program's compliance with relevant regulations and performance against set targets.

Proposed Methodology

Incorporating Technology

With the increasing importance of technology in the job market, it would be beneficial to include technology-related training as part of the capacity-building component. This could include training on digital literacy, social media usage for job searching, and basic programming skills.

Creating a Mentorship Program

Establishing a mentorship program for trainees could enhance the learning experience and provide them with valuable guidance and support. Mentors could be industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, or even senior trainees who have completed the program successfully. Mentors could provide trainees with insights into the industry, share their personal experiences, and offer advice on career advancement.


Introducing gamification into the training program can make it more engaging and interactive for trainees. Gamification techniques such as points, badges, and leaderboards could be used to incentivize trainees to complete the training modules, and competitions could be organized to encourage healthy competition and teamwork among trainees.

Offering Micro-Credentials

Providing micro-credentials to trainees upon completion of specific modules can increase their employability and make them more attractive to potential employers. These credentials could be recognized by industry associations, certifying bodies, or even by the employers themselves.

Soft Skills Training

While technical skills are essential for job readiness, soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving are equally important. Including soft skills training as part of the capacity building component could help trainees develop these skills and improve their overall employability.

Involving Employers from the Beginning

While the proposed methodology includes employer visits and linkages, it would be beneficial to involve employers from the beginning of the project to ensure that the training provided aligns with the needs and expectations of the job market. Employers could be invited to provide input into the curriculum design and to identify the specific skills and knowledge that are most valuable for their industry.

Providing Continuous Learning Opportunities

To ensure that trainees remain competitive and adaptable in a rapidly changing job market, it is essential to provide continuous learning opportunities. This could include offering online courses, webinars, and workshops on emerging technologies, industry trends, and new job roles. By providing ongoing learning opportunities, the project can help trainees stay relevant and increase their chances of career advancement.

Post Placement Services

The community youth mobilizers would be in constant touch with the youth and her/his family so that job placement could be tracked. At least follow-up for three months will be done to ensure the retention of aspirants in work. If any such incidence is reported the same would be brought for counselling at VT centre, where they would be guided appropriately as per NSDC guideline retention tracking will be done for three months.

Project Implementation Plan

Plan India: Plan India will be playing role of fund management, overall monitoring of project delivery and outcome. Elios Healthcare: As a training partner Elios Healthcare’s prime responsibility will be mobilization, orientation, training, certificationplacement, post-placement of the project. NSDC/NCVET: Training resources, the online platform of skilling (eSkill India portal) and Course curriculum of selected job roles of NSDC/NCVET will be used for training of aspirants
Training Curriculum
A short-term hybridcourse for a duration of 160 hourswhich includes specialized training in: Platform Skills: Time and stress management, negotiation skills, customer dealing, managing expectations of self and employee, gender sensitized and can do attitude, financial literacy. The following standard QPs will be followed to give National Occupational Standard Training Quality to the trainees.
  1. Trainee Associates/ Multipurpose Executive
Trainers/ Occupational Quality Standard
As proposed all trainers (including Project Manager) have professional degree. We will also follow the NSDC standard training module. Module attached for your reference.
Program delivery
The program delivery involves
  1. Interactive sessions
  2. Expert sessions
  3. Activity based events (Subject related)
  4. On Job Training.
The trainees after undergoing this course for the period of 160 hours will beprepared for the interviews and get placed in various retail and hospitality/service sector organizations. The traineeswill get placed as Management trainees or at entry level depending upon the educational qualification and profile of the trainees.The trainees, after undergoing this course are prepared for the interviews and get placed in various hospitality/service sector organizations.