Times of India’s initiative is helping the underprivileged youth get jobs
Making the youth more proficient with Teach India
Times of India’s spoken English programme, which has been in action since 5 years, has equipped over 35,000 youth with English skills. The program endeavors to increase employability and efficiency of learners.
As part of its further expansion, the initiative plans training the police in every PCR van and students of Industrial Training Institutes. It all started in 2010 with a survey conducted in Delhi’s slums that revealed that the young residents here had an English vocabulary of average of 250 English words. Sanjiv Kaura, CEO of Times of India’s CSR wing says the team decided on raising that to 900 as Teach India’s prime objective.”A vocabulary of 900 words is sufficient to enter an office, apply for a job.”
The curriculum has been developed by British Council (BCL). ” As part of its vision, the British Council has shared its expertise in English language teaching and learning with the Times of India by designing the Teach India academic curricula relevant for India industry needs,” says Chris Brandwood, director, South East Asia, BCL
A few highlights of the Teach India programme:
• 35000 Indians made job ready
• 200 classrooms run in Delhi and Mumbai combined
• 150 partner NGOs
• 2000 volunteers
Disha Bijlani of KFC, Devyani International Pvt Ltd, has recruited over a thousand, most from Teach India-organized job fairs.”They’re well-trained compared to staff hired from the market. We often skip basic training for Teach India learners as they are already confident. The percentage of learners who stay with us is also higher,” she says.
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