Thanks to the loyalty and the contribution of WINOA, Plan International leads in India the Saksham program which means "educated" in Hindi.
It aims to provide decent employment opportunities for young people from disadvantaged urban and rural communities through vocational training and self-entrepreneurship.
Saksham has trained nearly 6,000 young people with unfavorable employment perspectives.
During the first 2 phases of the program (2010 - 2016), 3,500 young men and women found a job or started a small business!
The third phase of the current program is aimed at enabling 3,250 young Indian women and men to obtain a decent job. This phase includes a big ICT component, facilitating the monitoring of training through e-learning.
In the long term, the Saksham program aims to enable the inclusion of the most disadvantaged youth in the new Indian economy while contributing to the social and economic empowerment of young women.
Saksham's innovative approach lies, on the one hand, in the careful study of market needs in order to identify promising business lines and develop adapted training offering. On the other hand, strategic partnerships are being set up with key local parties: local associations, training centers, large and small companies and local institutes and administrations.