Gurukul, a CSR initiative by The Nudge Foundation and supported by Candor TechSpace, is enabling underprivileged youth to become more employable by equipping them with soft skills.
Jeevitha hails from Tumakuru, a small city in Karnataka. Abandoned by their father during childhood, she and her sister were looked after by an uncle. Jeevitha was able to pursue her studies only up to Class 10, due to financial constraints, and over the years, had to undergo three heart surgeries, which left her weak.
In September 2017, she enrolled herself into a beautician’s course at the Gurukul, an initiative by The Nudge Foundation and supported by Candor TechSpace that aims to create job and life-readiness among underprivileged youth via soft skills training. After completing the three-month long residential programme, she bagged a job at a salon with a monthly salary of Rs. 8,500 (approximately).
It is a new phase for Jeevitha—one that is meant to last, thanks to the skills and confidence that she has picked up during the programme as a student. For youth like her, who have always had the urge to learn new skills, secure a job and take care of family, the Gurukul serves as the perfect platform to learn new livelihood skills, in order to achieve their dreams.
The Gurukul, supported by Candor, started its operations in September 2017 and offers students specialisation across three streams at present: beauty services, business process outsourcing (BPO) and electrical installation and maintenance. Placements happen at the end of the course. From October 2017 to March 2018, a total of 174 students have enrolled in the underprivileged youth skills development programme here.
Talking about this initiative, Atul Satija, Founder and CEO, The Nudge Foundation, says, “The Nudge Foundation’s Gurukul programme in partnership with Candor aims to help youth from underprivileged communities in the age group of 18-25 yrs to come out of poverty. This is done through a 90-day fully residential program where we teach literacy, numeracy, digital literacy, life skills and one job skill. We have already trained over 2,000 students with 100 percent job placements in Karnataka and have recently started gurukuls in Delhi with the support of Candor TechSpace. We are grateful for the support extended by Candor and look forward to serving more youth in the years to come.”
The Nudge Foundation has built a 360-degree curriculum for students at the Gurukul. Student learning outcomes (what students are expected to know or be able to do upon completion of a course) are measured through baseline assessments at the beginning of the course and end-line assessments at the conclusion of the course. Continuous assessments help the faculty to ensure that equal focus on student learning is maintained throughout the course. As the students get ready for their careers, the Gurukul team invites various organisations for an open campus recruitment process. Visiting companies interview the students and select them.
Here’s to the continuing success of our team in equipping and supporting these students to lead fulfilled lives!
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