By 2020, India will have more than 700 million people in the working age (24-49 years) population. Of these, approximately 500 million workers (including those who temporarily migrate from rural to urban areas in lean agricultural seasons) will require some kind of vocational/skill training. Besides, about 50 to 70 million jobs to be created over the next five years, (with more than 75% falling largely in the unorganized and informal stream) will too require capacity building in basic expertise.
United Way Delhi recognizes that the high growth areas such as manufacturing, automotive, retail, trade, transport, construction, hospitality and healthcare have the ability to provide the required expanded employment. Also, the public-private-partnerships in the country are already in the process of strengthening of infrastructure such as Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), polytechnics, community polytechnics and vocational education in secondary schools. United Way Delhi is in efforts of forging partnerships with industry to bridge the skill gap in particular to the large MSME sector to train workers such as technicians, welders, fitters, paramedics, tourist guides etc. United Way Delhi recognizes the twofold objective- first, to close the skill gap of an already qualified workforce and second, to provide formal vocational training to those who have acquired skills informally.
United Way Delhi strongly advocates the promotion of women’s economic independence. Financial literacy and vocational training constitute the programs channelized towards women empowerment.