As of January 2020, Godrej Disha has trained close to 1,41,408 young individuals all over India. The programme is a part of the Good & Green initiative, aimed at upskilling undeserved youth in the country.
It works to bring about a more comprehensive approach to skill enhancement of the youth, and offering training in sales, service, rural entrepreneurship, construction, manufacturing, and technical domains.
Through this programme, the organisation has partnered with multiple non-profit organisations and social enterprises, in order to create training programs in the kind of vocational skills that are necessary in their businesses.
Presently, the Godrej Disha initiative has been active in 23 states, and has 29 partners, at 88 of its centers. However, it is also planning to explore a range of emerging courses, with a specific aim of increasing the number of women trainees.
Many of these courses offer training to strengthen capabilities in fields like IoT, Industry 4.0, and ERP systems, along with special training for PwDs. The organisation has stated that it aims at having as many as 1.5 lakh trained youth, by the end of 2020.
George Menezes, Head of the Skilling Initiative at Godrej & Boyce and COO, Godrej Electricals & Electronics, said, “India has one of the largest young populations in the world; sadly, most are unemployable as they lack the requisite skills required by the industry. For a country to progress, making its youth employable is an absolute imperative. The ‘demographic dividend’ can only become a reality when we equip the youth, to find meaningful employment or become entrepreneurs.
This will not only drive employment but also fuel consumption that is needed to sustain our economic growth trajectory. In line with the ‘Skill India’ mission, through the Godrej Disha initiative, we’ve decided to invest in helping skill India’s youth.”
He added, “This is one of the key initiatives under the Good & Green CSR program. Initiatives such as Skill India and efforts to revamp the approach to education and are vital aspects of the nation’s growth strategy.”