youth comprises over one-third of the Indian population which in
turn constitutes a major part of the labour force of the country.
But according to the reports
of the Financial Express “Only 15%of the young graduates passing
out of colleges are employable; the rest are branded ‘unemployable’.”
It is not their lack of theoretical knowledge that causes this.
Instead, it is the lack of right skills and attitude. There is thus,
an increasing concern among the leading employers of the country,
about the dearth of ready-to-deliver employees.
In addition, the macro perspective affirms that, it is crucial for
such young energy to be channelized correctly in economic growth
and nation building to elude their addition to family woes, social
stress and national misery.
Smile Twin E- learning Programme
(STeP) is such an initiative of Smile Foundation that aims at creating
a pool of young and independent people, from the marginalized section,
through skill enhancement in tandem with market requirements. It
is an effort towards bridging the gap between demand and supply
of skilled manpower in the fast emerging services and retail sectors
of modern India.
This national level programme trains the urban underprivileged adolescent
youth in English Proficiency, Basic Computer Education and Soft
Skills for enhancing their prospects of employment in the fast expanding
retail, hospitality and BPO sectors.
So far, more than 13,750 youth
have been trained and 9850 have been placed in over 140 brands through
35 operational projects across India.