"Employability is the ability to enthrall employers with indisputable capabilities to optimise personal development and job growth"
- Terence Chiew
The flagship employability program of the Foundation is the Skills-for-Market Training or the SMART Program. The SMART program started in 2012 with three centres and trained 350 youth in the first year. The program is expanding to provide skill development training to young men and women across 11 different cities in India. It has been able to successfully plug the demand and supply gap in multiple manufacturing and service industries. The Foundation has been implementing the SMART program by establishing a network of Centres and Academies – both directly and through other partner implementing agencies. Know More
The Foundation has been running SMART Academies (since May 2016) with the intent of offering more advanced and longer-term courses in some specialised vocations. At present, the Foundation runs eight Tech Mahindra SMART Academies including four SMART Academies for Healthcare, three SMART Academies for Digital Technologies and one SMART Academy for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
SMART Centres train youth from economically weaker sections urban communities with the requisite employability skills through a structured training program, ensuring that they are placed in suitable dignified jobs. The program places great emphasis on Foundations’ job skills such as Spoken English, Basic IT and Workplace Readiness. In SMART, there are a total of 15 domains and 63 courses that the students can opt from SMART, SMART+ (for persons with disabilities) and SMART-T (Technical) Centres.