Vocational Skills programme
Pace – the Skills Training Program
This program is targeted at the economically disadvantaged youth in the 18-30 year age group. India has a large percentage of youth who have not been able to complete their formal education and also do not have the required vocational skills to be gainfully employed.

Pratham’s Skills Training Program tries to
1) Train youth in market relevant skills such as banking, agriculture, hospitality etc. and
2) Help them start their own businesses.

This program was started in 2005 and currently there are 7 centers across Maharashtra. Over 3500 youth have been trained. Pratham has partnered with Larsen & Turbo to provide training in the construction industry, with Taj Hotels to provide training in the hospitality industry, with Godrej Agrovet to provide training in Agriculture, with Deutsche Bank to provide training in Banking and Financial Services and is about to start a partnership with Landmark Group to provide Retail Training. The program is also training youth in basic foundational skills to make  them eligible for employment and training.Training is also given to youth who are in conflict with the law and are in prisons. The entrepreneurship support program is in the nascent stages. (

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PI General Info 2012