The SMART programme began in 2012 with 3 centres and trained 1,000 youth in the first year. Today, the Foundation supports 80 SMART Centres across 12 cities of India, training more than 17,000 youth annually and successfully plugging the demand and supply gap in multiple manufacturing and service industries. 50% of the beneficiaries are women and 10% are young people with disability.
The SMART vocational training programme includes:
• SMART+ (Training for persons with disabilities)
• SMART-T (Training for Technical Trades)
• SMART Academy for Healthcare
The criteria for selection of a SMART beneficiary are:
• Above 18 years
• Able to read and comprehend simple English
• Belong to socio-economically disadvantaged urban communities
• In immediate need of a job
The SMART training Programme is NSDC Certified and rigorous in processes. It follows a well-defined curriculum that is aligned to the QPs (Qualification Packs) and NOS (National Occupational Standards) as laid down by different Sector Skill Councils.
The Training Manuals are detailed and easy to comprehend. A robust system of regular assessments and certification on successful completion of the training are an integral part of the programme. Immense importance is given to train the students in soft skills. Youth graduating from SMART centers are successfully placed in the service and manufacturing sectors. The SMART programme has a live Management Information System that helps in monitoring and evaluation of quantitative and qualitative data across all locations.
The Foundation implements the SMART programme through partner NGOs across twelve cities in India. It constantly invests in high-quality training and capacity building of its partners.