Every year around 15 million young boys and girls enter India's workforce - potentially an enormous pool of employable skilled talent - yet the country faces a huge skills gap. A major cause has been a lack of access to and focus on quality training in industrial relevant skills. Especially affected are the youth from economically disadvantaged households in rural and semi- urban areas who make up the majority.
Under skill development initiatives, Piaggio India provides these young citizens with industry-relevant skills, the Programme enhances their employability in today's competitive environment so that they can fulfil their aspirations for a brighter future.
Piaggio India supports academically-outstanding, but financially-challenged girls to pursue engineering. In addition to the main course, the support extends to training programmes in soft skill development, spoken English, health awareness, self-defence and career advancement.
The objective of the project is to empower the girls to develop themselves into confident, economically-independent young women.
So far 54 girls are being supported for their diploma/ engineering education in partnership with Lila Poonawalla Foundation.
To enhance digital skills in the underprivileged section of Pune, Piaggio India in association with Pune City Connect and Pune Municipal Corporation has supported three digital literacy centres in Pune (from 2017 to 2020).
The objective was to empower each beneficiary to use digital tools to seek information, utilize e- services, undertake cashless transactions, and participate in social media.
In all, 3,523 beneficiaries have been empowered digitally since 2017.
Recently ITI, Jamkhed invited Piaggio India to be an industrial partner. Piaggio India is now engaged in the process of upgrading the institute in terms of equipment, resources, and expertise.
Designing a transition course for students entering the industry and working out apprenticeship opportunities are on the anvil.