In rural India, vocational training can mean the difference between struggle and self-sufficiency
Thirteen million young people enter the workforce annually, but only a fraction receive any formal skills training.
Pratham Vocational Training Programs
Since 2005, we have helped young adults from impoverished communities gain the skills and confidence required to start new careers and lift their families out of poverty. Our program offers technical training, certification, job placement, entrepreneurship opportunities, and vital support for job relocation and transition.
Led By Industry Advisors and Educational Experts
We have 100 residential and non-residential training centres for rural and semi-urban young adults. We partner with industry leaders, who advise on content development, instructor training, assessment and certification of students, and in many cases placing graduates into jobs.
Our “learn now, pay later” model allows underprivileged men and women to pay an affordable percentage of the fee during the course, and pay the rest in monthly instalments once they have started working. We also provide seed capital, training and mentoring for select students who dream of self-employment.
Our Impact in Numbers
Over the last decade, we have worked with 100,000 young people and provided 1,500 entrepreneurial youth (mostly women) with training and capital to launch their micro-enterprises. New graduates often double or triple their household income by earning between $75 and $200 per month. More than 80% of our graduates retain their jobs beyond six months—an improvement over the 40% retention rate of comparable training providers.