Vocational Skill Training Program of Tractor Mechanic for Unemployed Rural Youth

Training of Tractor Mechanic of 1575 candidates and placed more than 1173 candidates

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Initiative's representative name

Naveen Kumar Jha

Initiative's representative date of birth

01 May 1973

Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Which eligible market are you based in?

  • India

Where are you making a difference?

Akola District ( Maharashtra State), Bhopal(Madhya Pradesh) and Dharwad(Karnataka)

Website or social media url(s)

www.isapindia.org Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/agribiz4u/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

When was your organisation founded?


Focus areas

  • Helping people adapt to technologies of the future
  • Financial skills and capability
  • Reskilling and upskilling the workforce
  • Creating digital tools

Project Stage

  • Pilot (have done first proof of concept)
  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)
  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)
  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $500k - $1m

Organisation Type

  • Non-profit / NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

ISAP was working in agriculture sector form last 2 decades. We found that farm mechanisation skill work force in India is way behind in terms of requirement. We found during our agriculture project that shortage of trained manpower is the need of hour when we were setting up our Agriculture Village resource Unit. when we asked for 10 tractor operator having experience of 3 years. we found none applied. After due diligence we found its difficult to have trained man power. so we proposed this to one company to take this under CSR activity and we able to do so.

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

We able to place more than 79 percent of trained workforce either in wage employment or self employment. during the four year journey we able to learn many things and done adjustments in our training methodologies as well as content. We also gave trainees soft skills and business planning training to compete in market.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We mobilised candidates who want to stay in rural area and want to take self venture. We prepared candidates to be ready for wage employment with the knowledge and tools for work operations. We added modules of computers, soft skills, documentation, financial planning and others for ready candidates for agriculture industry. our effort pays off by putting ISAP trained beneficiaries as semi skill category in Dharwad industrial area and also a increase in income at entry level.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

We are flexible for industry requirement and skill training program. We also equipped the training center infrastructure so that all important aspect will be covered. we also added on job training of 15 days so that all beneficiaries learn from industry exposure visits. We have able to place candidates in employment more than 60 percent and able to retain 60 percent of that.

5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

We able to develop industrial ability among beneficiaries in terms of know how, maintenance, servicing, fuel efficiency, capacity enhancement and life cycle of farm mechanisation equipment. we mapped our training locations in terms of job availability in 100 kms area and placed them. we also explored the self emplacement option and trained that way.

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

We want to take this "Hunar" training program to 4 more states to cater skill work force ready. In india Agriculture having only 7 percent skill work force is working. we need more trained people to cater tractor and equipment market.

6. Financial capability: how is your organization or project creating innovative solutions that arm people with ability to optimize their current and future financial health

ISAP is non government organisation and doing activity in agriculture development work. We have a turnover of 24 cr last year and running this program from last 5 years.

6a. Please describe what aspect of financial capability your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress.

We have in house MIS system for implementation and monitoring project activities from mobilisation, screening, training, on job training, soft skill training, business planning, documentation, beneficiaries data, stipend distribution, residential facilities, ESP support and all related atcivities

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

National skill development corporation is also doing the vocational skill training program in this domain. they all are non residential program while we are running all residential training program.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We able to place more than 1173 candidates and able to retain more than 705 candidates

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

We are planning to to make this project sustainable. We have all equipment available to us free of cost which is roughly valued 1.8 cr rupees. We are looking to get support for training cost only to make this program sustainable

10. Team

Sudarshan Suryawanhi - CEO Naveen Jha - Head(Skills) Jatin Grower - (M&E Coordinator) Ravi Kumar - Regional manager(Bhopal) Mukesh Kumar - Trainer Pankesh Kumar - Trainer Gajendra Wankhade - Regional manager(Akola) Mr. Sourabh Raut - Trainer Mr. Santosh Telgote - Astt Trainer Kumar Lambani - Regional manager(Hunar Dharwad) Mr Nigappa Guruka- Trainer Mr Vinod - Astt Trainer Mr Sachin - Placement Officer Monitoring Agency - Unitey Way Mumbai Mrs Prachi Nautiyal Mr Satyam Palaspagar

How did you hear about this challenge?

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Photo of sourabh rathore

It's great inititative to increase the agritech knowledge ,skill and also promote the employment and self employment .

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