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Ek Mouka – Employability Training Courses (ETC)

Basic Employability Skill Training (BEST) is a new economy livelihood promotion training program which is exclusively designed for the school drop outs / unemployed secondary school graduates / street youth / retrenched workers / migrant youth / resettlement community members from the poorest 15 % of the Indian population. The program supports both employment opportunity oriented workforce preparation as well as tiny and micro enterprise development that is specifically and clearly oriented to identified labor market requirements and opportunities. The curriculum and practical training modules are based on variable inputs from businesses, Corporate, NGOs and networks. The Workforce Development Initiative (WFDI) is the apex institution for offering design and support services through advisory councils and is also the program management unit.

This program has demonstrated new partnership strategies to provide an integrated and placement linked employability skill development program for out-of-school and at-risk young people. Developed through a broad range of stakeholders including industry professionals and business leaders, skill councils, youth workers, citizens volunteers, local state education and vocational training departments, the model has demonstrated a new paradigm in terms of community based sustainable replicable vocational training for advancing livelihood promotion opportunities for youth at risk. This model is now ready to be easily applied, replicated in the identified districts to especially target the most vulnerable communities of youth.

BEST offers 13 different 3 months certificate courses across India. This year 12013 students underwent training and 9489 (79%) students were successfully placed with key employers in corporate, healthcare and business sector.

Pooja Setia had to discontinue intermediate to take up a job and financially support her family of 5 members. Inspite of her intermediate qualification, she could not secure a Pooja Setia

decent job. Some reasond that she could trace for her failure were lack of technical knowledge, poor communication skills and self grooming skills. Although she was initially dejected, she has methodology explored possibilities to enhance her skilld and gain a better job. Eventually Pooja has learnt about the BEST programme through a road show and in three months and with her improvd communication and technical skills has confidently faced the interviews and has secured a job in Indian Institute of Packing as front office executive. She is now earning Rs.8000 a month and proudly is taking care of her family.

To meet the training needs of the youth, this year CAP has extended its training programmes to West Bengal and Bihar is meticulously is reaching students from the rural areas.

Along with on site trainings this year, CAP Foundation has organized offsite trainings for employers, students and community youth in NCR, Andhra Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. These offsite training gave inputs to students on life skills and migration related support. In particular CAP has trained the 40 students from Northeast India on migration support and imparted life skills to truck drivers of Shell India.

CAP Community colleges

The CAP Community Colleges are an alternate system of education and skill development for the poor and disadvantaged youth. The community Colleges promote job oriented, work related employability skills training along with life skills. The vision of the Community Colleges is to be of the community, for the community and by the community for producing responsible citizens. Course offered are recognized by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi and board of Board of Intermediate, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

CAP currently is operating 22 community colleges across India offering certificate courses, diploma courses and associate degree courses in multiple disciplines. It is offering two-year vocational courses and a one year diploma course in 22 different types of vocations.