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ETASHA envisions a future where every young Indian is employable, has a sense of self-worth and leads a dignified and productive life.
About This Cause
ETASHA envisions a future where every young Indian is employable, has a sense of self-worth and leads a dignified and productive life. To this end, it works with underprivileged youth, helping them develop skills for employability, providing access to relevant vocational training and connecting them with employers. It enables them to take control of their own careers and lives and help their families break out of the cycle of poverty.
How did it evolve?
2006 - ETASHA’s first Career Development Centre was established in a low-income community in New Delhi. In the initial years it focused on program delivery only at its own centres
2009 - ETASHA Partnered with NGOs to expand its footprint in hard-to-reach communities in New Delhi. This partnership model allows ETASHA to leverage the community base of its partner NGOs
2009 - ETASHA Delivered employability skills training and placement programs at government-owned Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in NCR to address the gaps in the preparation of ITI students for work in industry
2015 - ETASHA Expanded its operations to Jaipur, Rajasthan where it began working at 8 ITIs; and with government approval, initiated a pilot to deliver employability skills training to ITI trainers.
It is estimated that over 75% of the new jobs to be created in India will be ‘skill-based’. However, only 20% of the Indian workforce possesses ‘marketable skills’. This problem is particularly acute for the large and growing population of underprivileged youth.
ETASHA offers a combination of market-oriented skills training and systematic mentoring and guidance to youth from low-income families, to help them overcome the barriers that stand in their way and become skilled contributors to the Indian economy.
ETASHA 's Programs
ETASHA delivers the following programs to underprivileged youth aged 18 years and above:
Vocational Training Programs: to equip trainees with specific skills that are aligned with market needs in the organized sector. The following programs are delivered using a modular curriculum at ETASHA’s Career Development Centres and through partner NGOs
• Accounts, Taxation and Tally
• Customer Service and Work Culture
• Computerised Office and Data Entry
Employability Skills Development and Placement Program for ITI students: to improve their employment prospects in relevant industries.
All of the above programs include training in spoken English, development of interpersonal skills such as time, conflict and anger management and understanding the realities of working in the organized sector. ETASHA prepares trainees for placement by conducting industry exposure visits and mock interviews.
ETASHA also delivers:
• Career Guidance Workshops for high school students
• Employability Skills Training for ITI Trainers
• Employability Skills Programs for under 18 – Speaking English with Confidence, Computer and livelihood and entrepreneurship training and support to women.
The interventions undertaken by the organization are highlighted in orange below:
• Administer Vocational Training and Placement s Through ETASHA Centres and partner NGO centres
• Run Employability Modules in Schools, Colleges and Industrial Training Institutes
• Conduct Train-the-Trainer in Employability Skills Organize Exposure Visits
• Placement of trainees in organised sector jobs
Provide market-oriented livelihood and entrepreneurship training and support, to enable women and girls to learn and enhance their skills and confidence level for becoming self-reliant.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
‘Most Promising Program’ for ‘Women Entrepreneurship Program’ awarded by CauseBecause in June 2018.
‘Champion Level – GuideStar India Platinum Certificate for Transparency and Public Accountability’ valid till Dec 2018.
NITI Aayog’s recognition for Dr. Meenakshi Nayar, President of ETASHA Society amongst the top twelve ‘Women Transforming India’ in 2016.
Recognition by Mr. & Mrs. Kumar Mangalam Birla among ‘25 NGOs doing commendable work’ in 2013-14.
‘Best Use of ICT’ by an NGO in South East Asia Award given by Digital Empowerment Foundation in 2012.