ICT for Development

FIDR started Youth Skills Program as early as 2006 in Odisha, in partnerships with NASSCOM Foundation & Microsoft. The program has expanded manifolds since then. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workers, entrepreneurs, parents, active citizens and leaders. A window of opportunity exists for a developing economy like Odisha/India to tap the potential of youth before the aging of societies closes it.Decisions about the education and work of youth will determine in large measure whether this opportunity is realized. The movement from school to work is seen from a lifecycle perspective with skills development examined as it takes place in schools, colleges, in early work experience, and later as entry-level skills are upgraded. The choices for skills development and the modalities for delivery vary as the transition progresses. FIDR, through its Skill Programs has influenced Workforce development by (i) education, (ii) apprenticeship and early work experience, (iii) labor market programs—including non-formal training programs that facilitate the operation of labor markets. So far FIDR has trained and placed over 2500 Youths in gainful employments and self-employments in vocational streams like: Vocational Training Centers (In partnerships with NGOs/Corporates/government) for training and job creation/placement in vocational streams like:- Hospitality- Retail- Carpentry- Masonry- Welding- Health Attendant- Facility Management- Electronics repairing

ICT for Development

The Government of India has undertaken the task of developing skills of more than 150 million youth by the year 2022 in various sectors. NASSCOM Foundation in Partnership with FIDR, Accenture and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation has taken up the challenge in a similar initiative to groom a large cross section of youth under its “BPO Training Program for the unemployed and underprivileged youth of Odisha” initiative and generate employment opportunities. As we know, there is huge unemployment/under-employment in India and Odisha itself, while on the other side many companies suffer human capital shortage.

FIDR has taken a new leap in job oriented training programme by introducing the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) as a short term course for the under privileged people in the state of Odisha. The programme is implemented under the banner of ‘FIDR Academy of Skill Development” and supported by NASSCOM Foundation and Accenture. The FIDR BPO Training project focuses on making poor, unemployed youth get employed in the corporate sector through BPOtraining.The Government of India has undertaken the task of developing skills of more than 150 million youth by the year 2022 in various sectors. NASSCOM Foundation in Partnership with FIDR, Accenture and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation has taken up the challenge in a similar initiative to groom a large cross section of youth under its “BPO Training Program for the unemployed and underprivileged youth of Odisha” initiative and generate employment opportunities. As we know, there is huge unemployment/under-employment in India and Odisha itself, while on the other side many companies suffer human capital shortage.

Placement linked Vocational Training

In Partnerships with NASSCOM Foundation, UNDP, Microsoft, Government of Odisha and others, FIDR set up Rural ICT Centers (rechristened as Rural Knowledge Centers) in 2005-6. The network of the Rural Knowledge Centers has been one of the largest single state networks in India. With support from NASSCOM Foundation and Microsoft, we have served the Youth and the citizens of the state by providing multi-purpose services to communities such as education, health, e-governance and other services by facilitating access to information and essential services, providing opportunities through capacity building and training tools using ICT as outreach platforms.

A typical Knowledge Center in Odisha is “a physical space that provides public access to ICT for educational, personal, social and economic development.” The FIDR Rural Knowledge Centers have evolved to be the “Rural Hubs” where a cross section of the community congregates regularly to share, use, and generate information and knowledge.