SBI Foundation identified two broad issues which have a strong bearing on the marginalized communities and their livelihood patterns:
A) The potential of the existing resources is not fully tapped due to lack of inputs and skills leaving a weak livelihood base, underemployment and unemployment. B) There is no proper mentoring support to school dropouts and youth to transform them into responsible citizens with needed attitude and skills.
The contextual realities motivated us to partner with Centurion University and adopt human capital reinforcement, effective and market-oriented skill development and facilitating the linkages for sustainability, as prime strategies to mitigate the livelihood crisis in rural areas of Odisha.
Under the project “Kaushal Vikas”, SBI Foundation provides for skill development training of youth with emphasis on SC, ST & women and up gradation of existing paramedic and allied health lab” to create a talent pool of international standards who could secure employment in any market - an outcome, which converges with the dream of the Honourable Prime Minister of making India the “Skill Capital of the World”.
The candidates from socio-economically marginalized families of remote, rural and tribal regions of Odisha and adjoining eastern states with the focus on backward and Left Wing Extremist Affected (LWEA) districts are the beneficiaries of this project.
Through this initiative, SBI Foundation aims to help PwDs develop vital communication skills, provide them the best chance of becoming economically active and in-turn empower them to maximise employment, achieve economic selfsufficiency and independence, and to realise full inclusion and integration into society.
The enrolled youth with disabilities undergo a market linked training program in the classroom and industrial visit for 60 days, which includes learning English and a basic knowledge computer, developing one's personality and self-confidence, learning how to tally, and many more market-oriented courses based on the market value.
After successful completion of the training program, based on the skill-set of the candidates and market needs, these individuals get placed in companies in the organised sector. This project is implemented in partnership with Youth4Jobs Foundation (NGO) where we have setup two training centres, one in Bangalore, Karnataka and second one Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Through Parivarthan, SBI Foundation hopes to make inclusive employment of PwDs a norm.
SBI Swabhiman was initiated to provide skill-building (basic English, basic computer skills, soft skills and life skills), sector specific training (IT-ITES, tourism & hospitality and organised retail), pre-employment training (mock interviews and exposure visits) on the job training, placement (in-house interviews, corporate interviews and job fairs).
The project focuses on aspects of Employability Enhancement (Skill Development) and Sustainable Employment (Employment Generation) of persons with disabilities.
The Skill Development Project aims to create the demand for the skilled workforce of persons with disabilities in various industries by way of carrying job mapping drives and making the candidates competent and skilled to perform the job.
The project aims at enabling youth with disabilities to live financially independent lives through vocational skill-building and placement support creation. Through directed efforts in the direction of skill-building and employment support, trainees would get employed, and sustain themselves with quality performance.
Skill Development Centre for PwDs is being implemented in partnership with SARTHAK Educational Trust and aims to train 160 people with disabilities in Faridabad, Haryana.
32,000 children in India are born with congenital hearing impairment every year in India. The Government of India under its ADIP Scheme has made a provision to provide cost of Cochlear Implant Surgery for only 500 children per year. Thus, SBI Foundation, in partnership with Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech Disability, has taken the initiative to bridge the huge gap by bringing children between 0-5 years of age having congenital hearing loss to a normal stream of life by implantation of cochlear implants for 50 children in Kolkata and 17 children in Delhi NCR which will help them to lead a productive life in the future.