CSR News: Adecco supports Plan International’s “Saksham” in empowering young people through financial independence
Adecco, one of the world’s leading labor providers, is partnering with Plan India on its Saksham initiative, which is undertaking an intensive development program for disadvantaged youth.
The initiative aims to upgrade the skills of over 200 enrolled young women and men aged 18-24 from disadvantaged communities in Bangalore and help them improve their technical, professional and life skills and help at least 60% of them to find a decent job. In addition, the program will provide skills building and employment-oriented career counseling to more than 300 young people.
The Adecco group engages in ethical social projects to provide educational and vocational training opportunities around the world. As part of a successful collaboration with Plan International globally for its flagship Win4Youth engagement program, the Adecco Group has made an annual contribution of USD 500,000 to Plan International to support youth employment programs and economic empowerment of young people in various countries.
Vidya Sagar Gannamani, President and CEO of Adecco India, said: “We face some of the most significant labor market challenges India has experienced in the recent past. Our strategic vision is to enable sustainable and lifelong employability and we believe that we have a vital role to play in helping to rebalance our world for the benefit of all. We are committed to playing our part in providing the right opportunities and decent jobs for disadvantaged young people and leading by example in the way we do our business. The objective of our partnership with Saksham is to combine our expertise in the world of work with the strong position of Plan International as an uplifting representative of disadvantaged communities.
Plan India is a nationally registered non-profit organization that works to advance children’s rights and girls’ equality, creating a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable and excluded children and their communities.
Plan India’s Saksham Initiative supports young people, especially girls, in disadvantaged urban and rural areas with free and market-oriented job skills, as well as vocational and entrepreneurial training. The program also goes a step further and includes basic computer skills, presentation, etiquette and basic business conversation skills in the training. Saksham places a strong emphasis on training that challenges gender stereotypes and pervasive discrimination. Saksham engages parents, communities and employers on the topics of gender equality, equal opportunity and the economic empowerment of girls and women.
So far, the program has successfully qualified and placed more than 5,500 young people, including 3,400 young women, in new economy jobs in the hospitality, retail and IT service sectors.
Commenting on the partnership, Mohammed Asif, Executive Director of Plan India, said: “Plan India’s Saksham program seeks to introduce market-oriented professional skills among young women and men so that they can contribute to the economic development of the country. ‘India. As a skilled workforce, young interns in the Saksham program are more confident, economically secure, and build a sustainable future for themselves and their families. The program also teaches life skills, financial literacy and inclusion, which equips interns, especially young women, with the skills to make decisions on their own and on the path to success. The Plan India – Adecco partnership advances this vision by encouraging girls and women to develop their employability skills and contribute to nation building.
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