Skills for Market Training (SMART)
The SMART programme offers vocational training in diverse domains across the service industry. The programme provides training in courses such as Foundation skills and domain specific areas that are aligned to the QP (qualification pack) and NOS (National Occupation Standards) as specified by the Sector Skill Council.
SMART programme along with its SMART-T and SMART+ verticals was able to train close to 19000 students in 2018-19.
Foundation Skills Course:• Basic IT
• Spoken English
• Workplace Readiness
Sector Specific Domains:In SMART training centres, there are a total of 13 domains and 34 courses that students can opt from. Some of the courses include:
• Banking and Financial Services
• Beauty and Wellness
• Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
• IT-Enabled Services (ITES)
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.