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Vocational Training Intervention

Pratham’s vocational program focuses on providing skills and livelihood opportunities to the most disadvantaged target groups rural and tribal youth, as well as low-income urban women.

One year

Charity information: Pratham UK

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  • Need


    In the absence of strong fundamentals of school education, the next best thing may be for Indians between 18-25 to have particular technical and soft skills. However, only 2% of workers in India currently are formally skilled in reaching the required levels of productivity. The result is a dichotomous situation wherein industry has a spate of job vacancies while there are a large number of unemployed or underemployed youth.


    Pratham imparts short-term courses, focusing on economically backward rural youth, both male and female, and on women from urban slums. The model is founded on strong industry linkages, youth counseling, focus on hands-on skills, post-livelihood support and encouraging financial sustainability. It has shown that the youth can learn essential skills in a short period of time and rise in their professions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Providing skills and livelihood opportunities to disadvantaged groups.


    » Train the youth aged 18-30 and provide them with employable skills sets, and access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
    » Vocational classes: developed in collaboration with reputed corporates (Taj Group of Hotels, Tata Group, Larsen and Toubro, amongst others).

    What success will look like

    A key measure of our impact is the number of youth trained that retain their jobs beyond 6 months.

  • Impact


    After 5 years of the industry specific training model, Pratham aims to focus on the expansion of 3 key sectors (electrician-welder, healthcare, hospitality) that are proven successes, will benefit the youth and will meet national needs. There will also be a strong focus on supporting entrepreneurship as a way of job creation and providing a career path for workers who may start off in wage employment but have hopes of developing their own business.


    The main risk is youths dropping out of classes. Pratham mitigates against these risks by ensuring that the youth understand the importance of acquiring a vocantional training and by assuring them that they will be placed in jobs once they finish the program.


    We will report to donors on a quarterly basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £31,352

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  • Background


    Mumbai & Delhi


    The principal beneficaries are youths aged 18-30, both male and female, from economically backward rural areas, as well as on women from urban slums.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pratham is the largest non governmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide pre-school education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization has grown both in scope and geographical coverage. Today, we reach out to millions of children and youths living in both rural and urban areas through a range of interventions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Madhav Chavan

    Madhav Chavan is the CEO of Pratham.