Youth Employment Programs

Umeed & Udaan

Unemployment is one of the major problems faced by youth in India. Saath noticed that there are many youngsters in Gujarat who have dropped out of schools so that thye could work and earn money. But they don’t have proper training for this. So to solve this Saath started employability programs, not in Gujarat but also in Rajasthan. 

SAATH Umeed employability program provides job training and placement to youth from vulnerable families across Gujarat with the support of American India Foundation, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and Gujarat Urban Development Mission. Till now Umeed has trained around 32, 000 youth and placed more than 25, 000 of them.

Program Manager :

Nitesh Oza: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In Rajasthan, Umeed runs as Udaan, and is a joint initiative of SAATH, Microsoft Corporation and the Rajasthan Mission on Livelihoods. To reach out to the youth in the rural area, a mobile training van was launched in rural areas of Jodhpur which trains the youth in Car Repairing, software, etc. Udaan has placed around 3,000 youth in Rajasthan till now.

SAATH ties up with corporates as well as local businesses and helps place these youth in formal job sectors. Based on the needs of the market, SAATH delivers trainings to youth in areas like Business Process Outsourcing, Bedside Patient Assistance, Customer Relations and Information Technology and then places graduates in Indian companies.

SAATH serves as the platform for business, youth and society to join together in combating unemployment and underemployment in India.

Program  Manager :

Nitin Mathur: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Umeed Disability Programme 

The Umeed Disability initiative was started in 2008 with the support of Wadhwani Foundation. Over the past 2 years the initiative has actively identified potential youth with disabilities from various slums in Ahmedabad and Vadodara. They are given vocational training & placements. The programme is integrated with the Umeed youth Employability Programme and works towards empowering youth with disability.

Program co-ordinator :

Nitesh Oza: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yuva MAST (Market Aligned Skills Training)

With increasing urbanization and industrialization along with increase in the population under the age of 25, India’s economy is in direst need of youth equipped with proper skills and training who could contribute towards economic development. Due to poor education and lack of proper skills they can be a source of liability for the economy.

So, in 2010 Saath launched a self-sustainable center Yuva-MAST in partnership with AIF with an aim to reduce dependency on external funding sources.

It is a 3 month course for under privileged youth which provides them vocational training in areas that could help them get employment. Till now more than 100 people have been employed.

Program co-ordinator :

Nitesh Oza: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Non-formal sector job training 

In India, uneducated youth living in slums, generally involve themselves in non-formal job sector, which has been followed by everyone in their family, from generations. Since they start working at an early age with their elders, they are never given proper trainings.

So recently in 2011, we have collaborated with Bosch Foundation to address the training needs of the non-formal job sectors like carpentry, plumbing, masonry etc. They are given both practical and theoretical training which further moulds their skills and capabilities.

Program co-ordinator :

Mahesh Maheriya:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.