The Problem

It is estimated that over 75% of the new jobs to be created in India will be ‘skill-based’.However, only 20% of the Indian workforce possesses ‘marketable skills’. This problem is particularly acute for the large and growing unemployed population in low income communities.

The Solution

ETASHA’s programmes are geared towards developing employability skills to enable communities to become employed, self-sufficient and live their lives with dignity. Our core activities are aimed at engaging various stakeholders to holistically impact communities by orienting them to value and respect skills.


Skilling communities for sustained employment and income generation


Every Indian to be self-reliant, have self-worth and lead a dignified and productive life


Brainchild of Dr Meenakshi Nayar, ETASHA was founded in 2006 to work with the youth from low resource settings. ETASHA provided a platform for imparting skills, raising the bar of productivity and providing sustained employment and income generation to the youth. Dr Nayar conducted a career guidance workshop for students at Madanpur Khadar, a resettlement colony in South Delhi and realised that while these students had tremendous potential it would be extremely hard for them to achieve their dreams and take control of their futures. Professional courses would prove too expensive for these resource-poor youth and lack of training opportunities would drift them further from acquiring organised-sector jobs. At the same time, there was a growing service sector which required active, high school educated youth for various entry-level positions. Recognising the opportunity, Meenakshi sought to connect the two for mutual benefit. ETASHA became a bridge connecting resource-poor youth with the organised sector, enabling them to get over the vicious cycle of poverty and related issues like violence, substance abuse and social unrest.

Over a decade of running vocational training and placement programmes, ETASHA widened its approach and reach to impact the entire ecosystem of the youth. Today ETASHA runs innovative interventions for developing the right mindset and attitude for work-life for trainers, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), adolescents in middle and high schools, mothers, families, recruiters, grassroots organisations and local leaders and influencers.

In 2017, ETASHA launched a special programme to skill and raise women entrepreneurs. ETASHA envisions a future where every Indian is self-reliant, has self-worth and leads a dignified and productive life.

Empower lives and co-create economic progress

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