According to a Goldman Sachs report, by year 2032 India will be among the three largest economies of the world. The growth story of India has been a matter of great joy but at the same time as companies set up their establishments, a large number of young Indians still remain unemployed. There are two reasons for this condition. Firstly, India's labour force is growing at a rate of 2.5 per cent annually, but employment is growing at only 2.3 per cent. Thus, the country is faced with the challenge of not only absorbing new entrants to the job market (estimated at seven million people every year), but also clearing the backlog. Secondly, the country is not producing workforce that is proficient in specific skills.

Further statistics provide a very grim picture of the employment conditions prevalent in India. Sixty per cent of India's workforce is self-employed, many of whom remain very poor. Nearly 30 per cent are casual workers (i.e. they work only when they are able to get jobs and remain unpaid for the rest of the days). Only about 10 per cent are regular employees, of which two-fifths are employed by the public sector. More than 90 per cent of the labour force is employed in the "unorganised sector", i.e. sectors which don't provide with the social security and other benefits of employment in the "organised sector." In the rural areas, agricultural workers form the bulk of the unorganised sector while, in urban India, contract and sub-contract as well as migratory agricultural labourers make up most of the unorganised labour force.

At HOPE worldwide, practical experience has shown that education courses just 4-6 months in length can boost the earnings of young men and women by 100% or more. In the long term, empowerment through better education is a fantastic strategy, boosting income and the quality of work of children who have been given a caring, English-medium education.

Therefore, at HOPE worldwide, we aim to empower young men and women through short-term courses that will lead to their getting sustainable jobs as well as boost their earnings. Some of these courses are tailor-made as per the requirements of the particular area where they stay, as well as the demand for people empowered with certain skills. The taught courses include computer training, sewing training, electrical repair training, beauty culture school, masonry training among others.






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