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Forward, forward let us range.
Let the great world spin for ever
down the ringing grooves of change."
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
The CareeReady program
The CareeReady program is a career readiness and employability skills training program for youth in the age group of 18 – 25 years. Through partner organisations who work on the ground, Team Antarang identify youth in vulnerable communities who are at risk, and spread awareness about the program and its benefits amongst them.
Once a student signs up to the CareeReady program, he/she undergoes a well-defined regiment of development and training. The course equips students with self-awareness, career awareness, work ethics and etiquettes, effective communications skills, and basic computer literacy. At the end of the program, successful graduates are linked to relevant opportunities in their chosen careers. Antarang continues to mentor its students until they integrate well into the organised sector workforce. All Antarang graduates are confident young adults, who uphold our values of Regularity, Punctuality, Initiative and Stability.
The CareeReady process
Trained in employability skills
Employable youth linked to career
We have reached 8400+ young adults from 14-25 years of age through our CareeReady and CareerAware programs, of which more than 2500 students are trained in employability skills and linked to career opportunities. Painstakingly created 27 career service centers and partnered with more than 150 corporate organisations.
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Our employment partners work with us to recruit from our pool of trained graduates, and give them the opportunity to pursue careers they are passionate about.
CareeReady covers a wide range of modules focussed on providing a holistic career development program. Over the years, we have developed a sustainable structure that covers all the topics necessary to make our students job ready.
The self-awareness module is designed to help our students realise their passions and career goals. It covers the following aspects of introspection:
The career awareness module focuses on developing a self-reliant mindset towards employability, and touches upon:
Topics covered in the work skills training are geared towards developing core employability skills and include:
Work ethics is a critical facet of the CareeReady program. It trains students on:
The module on Business English helps students develop in the following areas:
Formal vs informal
On completion of the 3 month classroom component of the CareeReady employability skills training program, students are ready to be absorbed by various industries. Students are also encouraged to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and think on the lines of self-employment depending on their interests and circumstances. Either way, all graduates of the CareeReady program are armed with the skills to dive into their chosen career path right away! This is the single biggest outcome of this program.
CareeReady students are connected to various career opportunities via:
Employment (Full/Part time)
Graduates are placed in organisations across a variety of sectors including banking and finance, not-for-profit, hotel management, media, etc.
Students can also choose to enrol in vocational training programs provided by partner organisations, such as beauty and hair styling, tailoring, teaching, electrical installations, travel and tourism.
For students who are still pursuing education and exploring the many opportunities available to them, we connect them to short-term internships in sectors and functions of their interest. These may include filmmaking, office administration, sales, etc.
Antarang encourages each of its young graduate to pursue education at least until graduation. We connect our students back to education through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
Antarang Foundation’s mentoring program ‘Mentors of Mumbai’ is a voluntary opportunity for experienced working professionals to assist young adults in defining their career-related goals and provide guidance and insight as they transition to the next big step. The 12-month program focuses on development and empowerment, with an underlying aim of both personal and professional growth.
The vision of Mentors of Mumbai “to promote the academic, career and social development of students by providing them with a role model who will guide and support them through their journey of professional discovery and accomplishment.”
Our mentors hail from distinct sectors including banking, finance, information technology, business, beauty and wellness, hospitality, medicine, shipping, and more. We take pride in our diversity because we strongly believe that experience and knowledge rests in the individual and their story.
Who can become a mentor?
A Mentor is someone with corporate experience who supports a young Antarang graduate through the first year of their career
This program requires a 12 month commitment, working 4 hours a month
A mentor typically has 2 monthly meetings with the mentee
The mentor should be available and accessible
It will fall on the mentor to break the ice and lead the relationship
If you believe you can support a young adult’s journey into the world of work and help them chart their career pathway, please fill in this Google form and a member from our team will be in touch.
Antarang’s alumni engagement program
Antarang students “graduate” the CareeReady program on satisfactory completion and adherence to the work ethic parameters of the 3 month classroom component of the program. All our graduates then automatically transfer to our Alumni Engagement Program, a continued professional enhancement platform.
Antarang’s Alumni Engagement Program works at 3 levels: Half yearly community specific alumni meets (Base Program), Monthly career development workshops (Expert Program), and a Youth Advocacy Fellowship for selected alumni members, along with mass mobilisation events.
Our alumni have consistently expressed a desire to stay connected with the Foundation and peers, and the sense of community serves as a powerful safety net for all of them. Alumni engagement workshops and activities are fun filled events led by the youth themselves.
Developed and introduced in the year 2016-17, the Alumni Engagement Program has already seen several proud moments.
More than 250 students participated in Antarang’s first Sports Day event
Over 300 alumni are connected to us and each other on different digital platforms
13 community alumni meets were organised by our alumni themselves. Priyanka, an alumni from the Ghatkopar community, who is also an intern with the Alumni Engagement team, has been the driving force behind this.
16 career development workshops have been held via the Expert Program on HTML coding, Image Consulting, Seeds of Awareness, etc
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CareeReady builds an informed understanding of career opportunities for young adults. As part of the program, our students are taken on exposure visits to potential work places, as well as get face-to-face time with industry experts. These opportunities provide them with a practitioner’s view of the work opportunities in the sector.
An Exposure visit takes place with groups of 20 or more students, with the intention of introducing them to professional employment.
Exposure visits are typically 1.5 – 2 hours long and held during hours of business
Students understand what the company does and get a broad industry overview
Students meet representatives from different departments within the organisation, who explain their specific roles and responsibilities, and the skills required to succeed in those roles
Industry expert speakers regularly visit Antarang’s centres to share their knowledge with students.
Expert speaker sessions usually last 1 – 1.5 hours
Speakers usually start by giving a broad overview of the industry they work in
They then discuss opportunities available within their industry, highlighting the educational qualifications and skills necessary for a successful career
Speakers also share their personal journey, touching upon the hard work required at the beginning of one’s career and the various learnings along the way
The CareeReady policy context
Currently, only a very small proportion of India’s workforce has formal skill training of any kind. Not surprisingly, several sectors of the countrys economy face shortage of skilled people and are mired with low productivity due to poor quality of workforce. At the same time, large sections of the country’s youth are looking for economic and livelihood opportunities. In this context, skill development has become a key priority area for the country. This is not only essential for economic development, but would also help to fulfil youth aspirations for good quality, better paid jobs and self-employment opportunities.
The Skill India campaign has catalysed widespread sector specific skills training across the country through the PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana).
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The objective of this Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. Individuals with prior learning experience or skills will also be assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Specifically, the Scheme aims to:
Enable and mobilize a large number of youth to take up industry designed quality skill training, become employable and earn their livelihood.
Increase productivity of the existing workforce, and align skill training with the actual needs of the country.
Encourage standardisation of the Certification process and put in place the foundation for creating a registry of skills.
Benefit 10 million youth over the period of four years (2016- 2020).
The objectives of (Recognition of Prior Learning) RPL are primarily three-fold: (i) to align the competencies of the un-regulated workforce of the country to the standardized National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF), (ii) to enhance the career/employability opportunities of an individual as well as provide alternative routes to higher education and (iii) to provide opportunities for reducing inequalities based on privileging certain forms of knowledge over others.
Skills certifications are being provided by the sector skills councils through the NSDC, implemented through thousands of skill providers across the country. Youth are being incentivised to the tune of Rs 10,000 each for undergoing the training and acquiring the certification.
In parallel, the Ministry of Labour and Employment has launched the National Career Services, in lieu of the present employment exchanges. According to the NCS, an ecosystem of employability will be created through placement agencies, Model Career Centres, skill providers, counsellors and mentors. All of these would be connected to a central hub that would maintain a registry of employable workers.
Become a trainer
As a Certified CareeReady trainer, 4 hours of your day transforms the career pathways of 100 young adults every year. You will first be trained and certified through an intensive training and placed at a Career Service Centre in one of Mumbai’s low income communities. If you are a graduate with more than a year of experience in any industry and have at least 4 hours a day (preferably in the afternoon), any 5 days a week, come build futures.
This is a paid, part time position at Antarang. Write in to firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.
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