noun: American dream
the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved
Does an Indian dream exist????
Today, India's entry level workforce, the so called "blue collared employees", suffer from a 2015 version of what has been an age old challenge: getting good jobs, staying in them and growing in them.
"Skill India" has become a term that is very much in vogue these days, but skilling doesn't end at the end of a three month course. We believe there is a reason why massive investment in training is not resulting in a skilled workforce. Because a skilled workforce needs more than a skilling course. Skills are built over the first few years of an employee's career. If she leaves her job/returns to underemployment/stagnates at an entry level job, then is skilling really serving the purpose its meant to?
At our social enterprise, KickStart, this is exactly the gap in the system that we aim to bridge.
We want to improve the migration, retention and career management ecosystem for semi skilled employees in India. When a person from India's remotest districts migrates to the city in search of a better tomorrow, we want ensure she actually gets it.
From acommodation to food to the right job with the right pay, we ensure that migration is planned and employee friendly.
But how do we ensure that this person a) stays in the right job and b) can hope for a better future.
We tie up with partner organisations(new age manpower intensive fast growing companies) who also realise that a retentive, loyal and aspirational workforce is a critical differentiator.
We hand hold an employee for the first 4 years of his career. We use an app and telephone based counselling system through which he or she communicates all issues in the course of his work to us. We also use technology to map him to better jobs in the future based on his skills and experience.
In short, we think it is high time that an Indian dream takes shape, where any Indian from any corner of the country can be a part of the biggest growth stories.
We are based out of Gurgaon and have placed over 200 students in the past two months, a majority of whom belong to UP, Bihar and Jharkhand. We also have tie ups with a number of skill development organisations.
While we are focussed on ensuring that our enterprise is self sustaining, there is an area where we need your contribution. As we started work, we realise that the best paying jobs where the scope of growth is highest usually need some investment in assets. Some examples are: 1. Hyper local delivery(needs an investment in either a motorbike(minimum downpayment of Rs. 15000) or a branded cycle(cost Rs. 4700) 2. Plumbing, Electrical and Carpentry through tie ups with internet based local services marketplace (investment in starting tool kits). We find it heart wrenching that we have to often refuse some of our most needy students from the most backward districts of India as they are unable to put up the starting capital for their dream job even though the amount can easily be repaid by them within 1-3 months of their joining work.
As an organisation, we find we that it is not scalable for us to invest in assets for all our employee purely from an operational perspective as we are still self funded. We approached everyone from banks to MFIs to design a custom made product but the ticket size is too small for anyone to seriously consider this.
Thus we have decided to come to you. We want to create a revolving fund through individual contributions that will be used to finance at least 100 needy students every month. You will know exactly who is benefitting from your contribution at any point of time and to what extent. Once he repays his debt(maximum repayment period of 3 months), the same money will be used to help someone else.