Enhancing Livelihoods Option of the Youth through Vocational Training
Identifying the need to increase the employability of the youth and to provide them with an alternative to an agriculture-based livelihood, the Ambuja Cement Foundation set up Skill and Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (SEDIs) in 2010. The main objective of these institutes is to bridge the gap by providing skill-based training to youth in rural and semi-urban areas.
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation supports the Ambuja Cement Foundation in running a SEDI in Chirawa, Rajasthan. The Foundation provides financial support to the Institute, enabling it to provide vocational training courses to the youth who live in the villages around Chirawa. The skill development courses at this Institute are designed to match the requirements of the job industry in that particular region. The Institute offers 15 trades for skill development in technical and non-technical areas, with the goal of facilitating immediate job placements.
With the support of the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, the SEDI in Chirawa has trained more than 1001 candidates, enabling them to become front desk assistants, diesel mechanics, mobile-repair technicians, beauticians, electricians, and hospitality professionals.
The Ambuja Cement Foundation initially started working with a few rural communities around the Ambuja Cement Plant in Gujarat. Today, the Foundation works in 928 villages in 12 states across 20 locations, with a mission to energise, involve and enable communities to realise their potential. The Foundation’s areas of focus include water resource management, agro-based livelihoods, education, health, skill development, women’s empowerment, infrastructural support and disaster relief.