Employability Programme for youth in slums

Jan 30, 2012

Innovations in Youth Employment Programs

Rush at the Placement Fair
Rush at the Placement Fair

From April 2011 to December 2011

Total Trained: 3,505

Total Placed: 2,434

Direct Placement: 300

Job Fair Placement: 1,025

Total Placed: 3,759

We have been piloting some innovations here at Saath within the domain of Youth Employability Programs. In the last three months, we held a Job Fair to place students from our centers as well as other youth from the urban slums. We also started a vocational training program for the non-formal sector jobs like plumbing, carpentry, masonry and electricians.

 Bosch Non Formal Sector Job Trainings

In India, uneducated youth living in slums, generally involve themselves in non-formal job sector. Knowledge of this job is passed on from one generation to the next. Since they start working at an early age with their elders, they are never given proper trainings.

We have collaborated with Bosch Foundation to address the training needs of the non-formal job sectors like carpentry, plumbing, masonry etc. Three month courses are held where they are given both practical and theoretical training which further moulds their skills and capabilities.

Job Fair: An Accomplishment Well Realized!


19th and 30th December saw more than 1000 youth taking back home smiles on their faces and offer letters in their hands. A Job Fair was organized by SAATH and America India Foundation in Ahmedabad and Vadodara respectively. The Job Fair proved to be a successful endeavor towards reaching out to the youth from slums. More than 2500 youth registered for the job fair and this also includes many youth with disabilities. The five hour job fairs at both the places concluded with 1025 youth getting placed. This includes youth who enrolled for the employability program as well as the ones who did not enroll for the program but were from the slums and needed jobs.


Companies, hailing from areas as diverse as FMCG, BPO, Marketing, Hospitality etc, having recruitment requirements of varied degrees, conducted on the spot interviews. Each company was given their own stall space. Among the major companies that came for recruitment, were McDonalds, Café Coffee Day, Aditya Birla Retail, Pantaloons, Big Bazaar, Azure Knowledge Services, DG Net Software etc. The highest salary that was offered was INR 7500 and the lowest salary offered was INR 4000.


Companies Speak:

Nilesh Zanjarkiya, A D, Human Resource Executive, Khinji Ramdas India (a marketing company) shared, “There are 30 openings in our company.” Through this job fair, he was able to fill up “80% of recruitment requirements.” He was “highly impressed” with the quality of the people and the management of the job fair. Job fair also saw companies giving opportunity to the disabled youth. Recruitment person from DG Net Software said “We prefer to give equal chance to disabled and are happy to recruit them through this fair.” As many as 80 disabled youth from Ahmedabad got jobs through the Job Fair.

 Youth Speak:

 Laxmi Prajapati

Age: 21 years

“I am very excited to be offered a job by Evangetech (a BPO). I have a family of six and this income will really help them. I will now be earning INR 5,719 per month. I came to know about the job fair from a friend and I am glad that I came here. I am leaving from here with a offer letter in my hand.”







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Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.saath.org
Project Leader:
Keren Nazareth
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India

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