LabourNet aims to empower 1 million workers in the informal sector by 2020

LabourNet, India's leading Social Enterprise, aims to empower 1 million workers in the informal sector by 2020

Bengaluru, Karnataka, March 5, 2014 /India PRwire/ -- LabourNet, India's leading Social Enterprise focusing on 'Real Income Increase' and 'productivity' of the unorganized sector workforce, today announced it plans to provide vocational training to about a million unorganized workers across India, in a span of next 6 years across the country. Despite India making remarkable progress in IT and establishing world-class institutions like, IITs, IISc, IIMs,etc, majority of the 500+ million workforce in India continue to exist in the unorganized or the informal sector, with poor work conditions, no or few work contracts and social security benefits.

Gayathri Vasudevan, CEO of LabourNet said, "Having impacted close to 80,000 workers in the unorganized sector, we already have the required expertise to positively influence over a lakh lives every year through education, training and decent work services". She added, "The existing gap in the system can be fixed only by holistically creating an ecosystem which will address every aspect for workers in the informal sector and we at LabourNet are striving to achieve this."

LabourNet, India's top Social Enterprise, has identified this grave situation and has chalked out a plan to impart 1 million workers with necessary education, skill sets, financial and social empowerment. The identified three verticals in which training will be provided by LabourNet are Services, Construction & Manufacturing. In addition to this, we provide skill development training in areas that encourage micro-entrepreneurship. The various trades we provide training include-leather, rubber, jewelry carpentry, masonry, shuttering carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, painting, crane operator training, fork lift operator, general machine maintenance, bar bending, Press operators, Fitters, beauty & hair care, safety training, etc. We are actively exploring at Agriculture sector as it employs more than 50% of the informal sector workforce.

Unlike in the past, employers are looking for valid certifications from applicants before hiring, besides the relevant functional and industry skills. LabourNet offers services that cover, counselling and assessment, based on which relevant work integrated vocational training and education is provided. Upon completion, certificates are issued, followed by providing of WORK- Self, work contracts and full time employment. LabourNet has established partnerships with close to 100 corporates across the country.

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About LabourNet:

LabourNet was started in the year 2006 as an initiative of Movement for Alternatives for Youth Awareness (MAYA), a non-governmental organization based in Bangalore. It began largely as an effort to provide a one-stop platform for unorganized sector workers to obtain services which are currently available and accessible by formal sector workers. Today, LabourNet, today, has revamped itself into a Social Enterprise to make it more sustainable and provides required benefits for workers in the informal sector through a holistic platform. Its sustainable model is an end-to-end solution through a built-in 4E - Empowerment by blending Education, Employability and Employment. It is structured and in synchronization with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and the mandate set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).LabourNet's solution won 'Sankalp' Award for 'highly scalable social models', 'Best Upcoming Partner' by NSDC for 2012-13, Best Practice Recognition for 'Assessment Tools' 2013 by NSDC

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