In India, half the country’s population of 1.25 billion people is under 25 years of age. However, 100 million educated rural youth are jobless or underemployed.
Hence, the Government of India has been emphasising on youth skilling and employability as a top priority. The official target is to achieve 500 million strong skilled work force, by 2022. At Mahindra Pride School (MPS), we are contributing to this vision by providing livelihood training to the youth from socially and economically disadvantaged communities. With a 100% placement record, every student who has undergone livelihood training is a success story.
Bearing testimony to our successful placement is 23-year-old Happy from Kharar, Mohali in Punjab.
Happy lost his father in an accident at the tender age of two. Brought up by a single parent, his education and well-being was supported by a maternal uncle. Despite their difficult financial condition, his uncle ensured that Happy studied until Class 12 and was ready to enroll him into an Industrial Training Institute (ITI).
However, motivated to help his mother and uncle financially, Happy decided to search for a job. During the course of his search, his friend informed him about MPS and its 90- day course that would improve his prospects for a good job. Happy was convinced and immediately enrolled for the Hospitality Craft course.
Remembering his initiation into the course, he recounts, "Apart from acquiring an indepth knowledge in Hospitality, the course helped me learn basic Computers and English. I used to enjoy the sessions on Life skills, Social Etiquette, and Communication as they transformed my personality." His new found confidence and skill-sets saw him crack his very first interview and got him a job offer with Pizza Hut as a Customer Service Representative with a salary of INR 11,000 per month. His association with MPS continued even after a period of 15 months at his first job. He was then approached by MPS with a job offer in Dubai. "I immediately agreed to give it a try and gave an interview with the Landmark Group in Dubai, over Skype. When they told me that I was selected with a monthly salary of 2200 Dirhams (INR 40,000), I was on Cloud Nine. I thank Mahindra Pride School and all the staff for opening up this world of opportunities for me," says Happy.