Solution: Self-Employed Workers Association Kendra (SEWAK) is an innovative project improving skills of rural youth in India through employment generating services and trainings.
Goals and objectives: Unemployment is one of the major problems faced by rural youth in India today. Even though a number of schemes are being implemented by various Government Departments to provide self-employment to the youth, a large number of youths still continue to be unemployed. Lack of technical training, unawareness of available opportunities, lack of motivation, and declining entrepreneurship are some of the reasons attributed to the large-scale unemployment among rural youth. SEWAK’s prime objective is to provide quality entrepreneurship and employment generating services to improve the living conditions and livelihood opportunities of young people between 15 to 35 years from the most challenged and economically disadvantaged sections of the society.
Implementation: To address this vital issue, Nehru Yuva Kendra Palakkad started SEWAK in 2000 by registering under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. The project runs through providing young people with quality advanced training in various vocational fields so they can become self-employed. Trained youth then become part of SEWAK Skilled Workers Panel and they are eligible to work on several public work projects for the Panchayati Raj Institutions and other Government and other quasi-government agencies in the Region. Through these projects, sustainable employment is provided to trained youth.
The innovative approach of SEWAK is to generate money locally to solve unemployment challenges within the community.
Achievements: SEWAK has made remarkable achievements in generating employment avenues for poor and disadvantaged communities by mobilizing resources locally.
- 60 to 80 young, from disadvantaged sections of the society, have access to regular and continuous employment through the project every year.
- The trained youth is able to generate employment earning approximately Rs. 45 to 50 Lakhs (65,968 – 73,298 USD) every year.
- The State Government and the District Planning Committee have approved SEWAK as an Implementing Agency for the works of PRIs in the district.
- The project is run on a self-financing basis and non-profit basis.