Jan Akanksha (Skill Development Wings-SDW) – A youth employment initiative for skill development and livelihood promotion
Jan Akanksha’s plan initiative to support youth, especially young girls from disadvantaged families/communities in our society to be able to realize their dreams by equipping them with essential life and vocational skills, which not only helps them to access decent employment but also makes them representatives of a gender just society.
Jan Akanksha’s (SDW) aspires to prepare all young men and women to get formal employment or self employment through market oriented vocational, business and life skills training.
- Support youth, particularly girls and disadvantaged youth in accessing job oriented vocational and life skills training and job placement services
- Support and complement the implementation of government initiatives for promotion of 3S (Skill, Scale, Speed) and other microfinance services targeting women and disadvantaged households
- Engage men to create more space for women in decision making in families, communities and local governance
Jan Akanksha (SDW) has launched a number of initiatives which help in enhancing young people’s access to market driven vocational skills. Through these initiatives, Jan Akanksha aims to achieve decent employment for youth living in poor urban and rural areas and ensure that all new entrants to workforce, including young girls, are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for high productivity and high quality jobs.
Jan Akanksha (SDW) project is one such initiative, where youth from disadvantaged and marginalized rural and urban communities are being offered market demand driven ‘Job Oriented Vocational Training. The project is targeted at underprivileged girls and boys in the age group of 16 to 29 years living in poor and disadvantaged communities of Society. The Job oriented vocational training courses include Customer Relations and Sales, Retail, Hospitality, Debt Recovery Agent and IT-Enabled Services. The course delivery is made more comprehensive with the inclusion of English speaking, basic computer education, personality development, and life skills. The project has been implemented through a tri-partite partnership model between Jan Akanksha, civil society organisations and training agency working on youth employment. Jan Akanksha is responsible for the overall management, coordination, monitoring, and implementation of the project.
Jan Akanksha (SDW) aims at providing vocational and life skills training to underprivileged girls and boys from poor and disadvantaged communities with key an objective to ensure equitable access to vocational and life skills training which are directly linked with gainful employment opportunities for young girls and boys. The project provides special focus on disadvantaged young girls to get equal opportunity in formal employment sector. The project also aims to build innovative partnerships with civil society organizations, government, civil society and corporate, for job oriented vocational and life skills training. The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate significant increase in employment of young girls and boys in through vocational trainings in partnership with training agencies.
Objectives of Jan Akanksha (SDW)
- To enable girls and boys from poor and disadvantaged communities of our society to access decent employment through vocational and life skills training and get job placement
- To develop strategy to facilitate employment of girls and boys from poor and socially excluded families in urban resettlement colonies through vocational and life skills trainings
- To influence government to take it up as an input to revised modular employability scheme Jan Akanksha (Skill Development Wings) strategies
- (a) Promote job oriented vocational training for young girls and boys through partnership
- (b) Sensitise parents, communities and employers about gender equality, equal opportunity, and economic empowerment of young girls.
- (c) Encourage young girls to take up vocational training and develop a trained workforce
- (d) Engage with business houses and potential employers to sensitize them about promoting women friendly work environment where young girls can work with dignity.
- (e) Capacity building of NGO partners to on youth employment and vocational training
- (f) Develop youth alumni network to address youth unemployment at the grassroots level.
Our intervention approach
- Jan Akanksha (Skill Development Wings) focuses on ‘Promotion of market driven job oriented vocational training’. Key intervention approach include :
- Identify potential trades for vocational training through a thorough market study
- Identify potential employer (of identified vocational trades) closer to each targeted area of operation.
- Develop customised (as per the requirement of potential employers) vocational and life skill courses.
- Create awareness amongst youth about job opportunities in the market and provide career counselling.
- Mobilize/identify suitable youth for appropriate vocational course.
- Provide vocational and life skills training to identified youth.
- Provide job placements to the trained youth.
- Provide post job placement follow up support to youth.