What we see around us in the fast-growing Indian economy is a veritable paradox. While employment avenues are increasing rapidly, they are not being filled by people with compatible skill-sets. Unemployment, therefore, continues to rise inexorably. The result is perpetuation of poverty, right in the midst of opportunity! Just over a third of the aspirants who enroll in primary school actually reach degree level. The huge pool of school drop-outs thrown up by the system year after year renders itself unfit for sustainable mainstream employment.
NGR skill training centres that attempts to bridge this widening divide between those who have access to opportunities and those who are increasingly being marginalized from the ‘new economy’ jobs. NGR addresses this endemic problem with a market-based approach that is sensitive to the socio-economic needs of marginalized youth in the 18-35 years age group. NGR is an example of synchronous social action of various stakeholders, which is aimed at mainstreaming and ensuring economic security for youth who could be victimized by poverty. To enable them to gain a foothold in the competitive job market, NGR helps them acquire the required livelihood and soft skills in an environment of learning and mentoring that is responsive to the individual’s emotional and developmental needs.
NGR was established in 2011 to offer affordable, practical, professional training of the highest quality to the Skills Development Sector. It was born out of the joint vision of 2 experienced Professional, who perceived a gap between the short course training offered by many private training companies, and the longer 3 and 4 year degree career-oriented programmes offered by universities. Short courses were primarily skills oriented, while university courses were primarily academic. This situation prevails to this day, with universities accused of producing graduates who are not workplace-ready.
The concept of part-time, vocational training programmes running in the evening was quite revolutionary at the time, and it took some time to gain acceptance in the market.