Empowering through Education, Employabaility and Employment
LabourNet is India’s leading Social Enterprise focusing on Empowerment, Real income & Productivity increase through Research & Development and by providing Education, Training and ‘Decent work’ Services in the informal sector.
Our solution is to have hubs of viable and in-demand livelihood centres which help local youth get trained at their pace and time in a trade of their choice and to get a one stop shop for all decent work and social protection services.
Over 90% of India's workforce is in the informal sector. India is urbanising at a rapid pace -33%. Given this trend, the rural areas are getting either merged with the urban areas or are in themselves getting urbanised. Land prices are sky rocketing in these urban pockets. Education levels are going up. Primary education is now accessed by most of India, but there is huge drop in secondary and higher education.
Finding an "Occupation" and "Employment" for this generation of first generation learners and drop outs is a major social problem which the country is grappling with.
On the other hand, given the urbanisation, the need for skilled labour is also growing. Traditional occupations which are only agriculture based is no longer either attractive or feasible for the young. New solution to the problem is necessary.
Our solution is to handle the problem holistically and develop an integrated vocational education led work enable-ment model. There is a dire need to introduce vocational education and training in a continual learning multi-entry-multi-exit mode and build an entire eco-system to support trainees who complete training. We believe this can be done through Livelihood centres wherein we target school drop outs & unemployed youth between ages of 16-35 and train them in a skill set which is aspirational as well as can have local as well as outside demand. We source the trainee, train the trainee and hand hold them till they get a job or enable them to get work i.e. contracts etc.. These courses are 2-3 hours classroom based classes for anywhere between 1 month to 3 months. Post which we support them through on-job training. We assess and certify them post the classroom training. Some youth and trades are not amenable to class room training as the youth have been disillusioned by our education system or cannot join it for economic reasons. Here we believe that we need to adopt and earn while you learn model. These trainings are 1-2 months. We source the trainee and train the trainee through a dis-aggregated open distance education model.
As our focus is on real income increase, post training we focus on hand holding the trainees even while they get work.
The key is to identify and counsel youth to attend training and post training facilitate and ensure work linkages.
Impact on economy
As you have more trained and skilled youth, you have a a more productive and more economically active youth. The result is all round higher disposable income and which in turn will drive growth.
More skilled workers also means more productivity at work sites which in turn means faster completion of project and work. This translates to huge savings to corporates and governments.
Impact on culture
LabourNet's solution has a direct impact on culture. It is the same youth who when not employed loiter around cities and cause disruption or are easily influenced when there is a problem .
The best way to divert them is to channel their energy in a positive way through productive means. Education alone does note prepare them for the world of work.. vocational education does this.
Impact on ecology
The implication is that technical and vocational education is given the necessary empowerment and mandate to provide quality technical and vocational education and training to effectively help students and workers develop their knowledge in science and technology across occupational areas including those that address ecological challenges.
Impact on politics Vocational education will have a direct impact on politics as the nation will have a greater a proportion of education and productive workforce who can make important and informed political choices and not get swayed by political promises alone.