One of the biggest challenges that India is facing today is that to ensure every citizen benefits from the country’s growth. While creating employment opportunities is a key aspect of addressing this challenge, developing the requisite skills of people is an equally important facet. Decades before skill development became a focus area for the government, the SNSF focused on this important aspect of human development by launching a para nursing course termed as the Health Assistants’ Training Programme (HATP). The first centre of the 6-month HTAP was set up in Gabriel, Mulund in 1992. Later, most of the SNSF’s locations, i.e., Chennai, Jodalli, Nashik, Pune and Dewas, ran several batches of HATP for over a decade, ensuring 100% placement to the trainees. Over a period of time, several new courses with employment opportunities have emerged, scaling back the course to a single location – Dewas.
In 25 years, the foundation has set up 14 training centres across five ANAND locations with the objective of developing the skills of youth aged 18-35 years from families with an annual income of less than INR 2.5 lacs. Such youth are in need of urgent employment to ensure quality life for their families at home – with some of their aspirations being education of younger siblings, medical care for ailing parents, re-payment of family debts or ensuring two square meals a day. Given ANAND’s focus on women empowerment, 70% of the 32,000 youth trained till date are females. Starting with training in one trade, today the foundation has the expertise to impart market aligned skill development and training in 18 different areas covering 10 different disciplines.
Most of SNSF’s 14 training centres are multi-skill development centres, giving attendees the option to develop various skills. On an average, educational eligibility for admission to the courses varies between middle school and matriculation. The courses range from tailoring and garment manufacture to nursery teacher training to trades, such as electrician, plumbing, 2-wheeler repair and operations and maintenance in a factory. Some of the popular courses include basic computer skills, desktop publishing, beauty care and a specific course for the speech impaired in packaging. The 18 courses across 10 disciplines are categorised as Collaborative Training with Industry Certification, Training with MSME Suppliers, Training for Speech and Hearing Impaired (SHI) and Female Centric Trainings.