“I recently completed a 3 month course at the Electrician Centre. I have started getting many opportunities to work after doing this course. I learnt a lot during the course in a very short span of time. Today, I can earn a monthly income of INR 10,000 to INR 15,000. I am thankful to the Art of Living for opening this centre which has helped in opening up employment avenues for us.’
– Mukesh, who underwent training in our Sri Sri Kaushal Vikas Kendra, Khanoa village, Himachal Pradesh
“Kaushal” literally means skill. In a country with nearly 22 million youth in the age group of 18-30, skill upgradation to ensure employability and livelihood has a critical role to play. In order to address this gap, we have opened centers all across the country that provide relevant trainings in various disciplines.
We currently run 19 such centers across the country where trainings are provided in various vocations. We are looking to expand to newer areas and increase capacity.
The program was initiated three years ago and we now we have the capacity to train over 2500 youth every year. We have 4 centers running in jails that lay special emphasis on providing trainings to help rehabilitate prisoners and bringing back terrorists to the mainstream.
How does the journey look so far?
19 Sri Sri Kaushal Vikas Kendras
started in different parts of the country
More than 5000 youth
provided skills training in the last 2 years
Over 1000 rural women trained and 58 Self Help Groups formed in tailoring and embroidery
How did we work?
Kaushal centers provide two different types of trainings:
Technical trainings in the field of Electrical, Construction, Welding, Hospitality that are provided in partnership with CSR partners like Schneider Electric, Larsen and Toubro, and BHEL
Need based training depending on the location. In remote rural areas where we install solar equipment or introduce technologies like smokeless chulhas, we provide training in equipment installation and maintenance to help create rural entrepreneurs.
What did we learn ?
A large number of youngsters drop out of the education system because their education has not been effective in improving their employability and earning capacity. These skill based trainings packaged with suitable employment opportunities are a much better alternatives for these youth.
How can you contribute?
We are looking to start new centers in different parts of the country and to include new courses in the existing centers. You can partner with us to either provide employment opportunities to the graduates of these centers or infrastructure to support these centers.