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CSR News: Adecco supports Plan International’s ‘Saksham’ in empowering youth with financial independence

Adecco, a leading global workforce provider, is joining hands with Plan India, through their Saksham initiative which undertakes an intensive upskilling programme for underprivileged youth.
The initiative aims at upskilling over 200 enrolled young women and men between 18-24 years of age from the disadvantaged communities of Bengaluru and help them improve their technical, vocational, and life skill knowledge and support at least 60% of them secure decent employment. In addition, the programme will provide skill building and job-oriented career counselling to over 300 youth.

The Adecco Group commits towards ethical social projects to provide education and job training opportunities across the globe. As a part of a successful collaboration with Plan International globally for their flagship engagement Program Win4Youth, the Adecco Group has made an annual contribution of US$500,000 to Plan International to support youth employment and youth economic empowerment programmes across various countries.

Vidya Sagar Gannamani, Chairman and Managing Director, Adecco India said, “We are experiencing some of the most significant challenges in the labour market that India has seen in the recent past. Our strategic vision is to enable sustainable and lifelong employability and we believe that we have a critical role to play in helping rebalance our world for the benefit of all. We are committed to playing our part by providing the right opportunities and jobs of dignity to underprivileged youth and leading by example in how we conduct our business. The goal of our partnership with Saksham is to combine our expertise in the world of work with Plan International’s strong position as the representative uplifting underprivileged communities.”
Plan India is a nationally registered not for profit organisation striving to advance children’s rights and equality for girls, thus creating a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable and excluded children and their communities.
Plan India’s Saksham initiative supports youth, especially girls, from urban and rural disadvantaged areas with free, market-oriented vocational skills, as well as job and entrepreneurial training. The programme also goes several steps further and includes basic IT skills, presentation, etiquette and basic business conversational skills in the training. Saksham has a strong focus on training that challenges gender stereotypes and widespread discrimination. Saksham engages parents, communities, and employers on the subjects of gender equality, equal opportunities, and economic empowerment of girls and women.

So far the programme has successfully skilled and placed more than 5,500 young people, including 3,400 young women, in new economy jobs across hospitality, retail and IT-enabled services.

Commenting on the partnership, Mohammed Asif, Executive Director, Plan India said, “Plan India’s Saksham programme seeks to usher market oriented vocational skills among young women and men so that they can contribute to India’s economic development story. As a skilled workforce, the youth trainees of the Saksham programme are more confident, economically secure and build a sustainable future for themselves and their families. Also the programme teaches life skills, financial literacy and inclusion which enables the trainees, especially young women to acquire skills to make decisions for themselves and walk the path of success. The Plan India – Adecco partnership forwards this vision by encouraging young girls and women to build their employability skills and contribute to nation building.”

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