Elements Akademia, in addition to making graduates employable by enhancing their employability skills, also considers itself morally obligated to conduct interference at the grass-root levels to reduce unemployment and the socioeconomic problems that it generates. Not only does it train them in basic employability skills such as attitude and communication, but also provides them with placements based on their skill set, and has played a key role in turning the dreams and aspirations of many BPL (Below Poverty Line) and APL (At Poverty Line) students to reality.
Education is significant in the development of a country and it should be accessible to all in a society. With the same objective Elements Akademia is nurturing dreams by training and enabling people at the grass root level.
Elements Akademia has anchored number of government/semi government projects for underprivileged, slum dweller and BPL (Below Poverty Line) for prestigious institutions like: Word Bank, MFI (Micro Finance Institutes), etc.
The journey so far has been interesting and full of learning at both ends:
Training and Placement of Students for World Bank Sponsored Project
We were one of the 14 out of 264 applicants to have won the World Bank Grant of US 50000 Dollars (Approx Rs 25 Lacs) for our project of training and placing 250 BPL/ underprivileged youth in Bihar.
The project has commenced in Darbhanga and presently 2 batches of 60 students are under training. These students will be employed by our hiring partners after the completion of the training in their Fast food Restaurants/ Stores as Customer Sale Associates at minimum wages specified by Central/ State Govt.
Training is being imparted in following domains:
Customer and Retail Service
Placement Preparation to include Interview skills.
Placement Based Skills Development Programs for Underprivileged / BPL youth to make them more effective in life and employment situations
Training Interventions done with State Governments of MP and UP and leading Micro Finance Institutions
We have provided training to students in the areas of Basic English – written and spoken, behavioural skills, basic skills in customer service other 'softer' areas to make them more effective in 'life situations' as well as more employable helping them get jobs in various sectors like retail, BPO, sales in BFSI and FMCG / Consumer good, etc
The Core training modules include:
Personal Grooming/Presentation Skills
Business Communication/Spoken English
Selling & Customer Service Skills
Partnering with Micro Finance Institutes (MFI) for slum dweller employment oriented training
In Delhi, we have worked with some leading Microfinance companies (e.g. Shikhar) to train and place the children of their clients. Typically, these are X/XII pass students residing in various slums of Delhi (e.g. Bhajanpura in Shahdara).
We had provided six weeks training and then placed more than 70% students in retail chains like Aditya Birla Group.
Training at Sainik Schools, Ministry of Defence
Sainik Schools operating under the Ministry of Defence are the feeder institutions for the National Defence Academy (NDA) primarily responsible for training potential officers for the defence services. The average success rate in SSB varies from 25 to 30 percent. Elements Akademia was asked to suggest and execute suitable measures to further improve this rate by improving the quality of teaching in the schools. It was therefore decided that before the training could actually commence, there was a need to carry out Training Need Identification so that necessary curriculum and modality of conduct could be formulated.
Elements Akademia team visited Sainik Schools in Kunjpura and Ghorkhal and interacted with all the stakeholders i.e. the principal, members of the faculty and approximately three hundred students of classes IX to XII. Elements also interviewed various experts in SSB panel: GTOs, Psychologists and Interviewing Officers. They shared insights on what they have generally found missing in most Sainik School students.
After a detailed interaction with the Principal, members of the faculty and students of classes IX to XII in both the schools, following areas were identified where improvement was required
Basic intelligence and Reasoning ability
Training done for UP Police, Gurgaon [Haryana] Police
Elements Akademia has done a workshop for Uttar Pradesh police with outstanding feedback and was given special commendation by DIG Akhil Kumar. We have recently done a pilot project with Gurgaon Police and have earned high commendation for it too, with the training being rolled out to more than 1000 police personnel.
The entire course content has been designed with the help of world leaders like L'Oreal, Max New York Life, senior IIM faculty, Clinical psychologists etc to be best-in-class.
Anita is a young girl from a lower income family in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Like so many others, she had done her school education in a Hindi medium school and was soon to be married. A career was not an option for her. However, Elements Akademia stepped in, via a government strategic alliance and trained her in employability skills. At the culmination of the course, she was offered a job at Genpact for USD 220, and has become a role model for her peers and relatives. Anita remains deeply grateful to Elements Akademia for bringing her dreams to life.