The flagship program of Spark Minda Foundation – The Aakarshan Vocational Training Program, began its journey in 2013. Supplementing to the “Skill India Mission” of Govt. of India, this path breaking initiative provides quality education and skill to underprivileged children, youth with a special focus on the women community in rural India. The trainers are hand-picked from nearby communities and are provided with both initial and regular training that enables them to engage students through a quality learning experience.
AAKARSHAN word was conceived by Group CSR committee with a philosophy to have a center in a rural set up, which attracts villagers, where they can come and learn practical knowledge to get employment.
The program aims to deliver transformative skill education to people so that they become educated, responsible and self-reliant citizens with a deep sense of commitment to their society. Both in class as well as out of classroom activities are given equal importance so that students learn for life and from life; thereby instilling in them the right values, attitudes, life-skills and confidence. Parents, community and like-minded organizations are active stakeholders in Aakarshan and all the Aakarshan centers uphold this way of functioning.
There are 6 Aakarshan Vocational Training Centers across India. They are situated at Kuleshara Village of Greater Noida-Uttar Pradesh; Donde Village, Pune- Maharashtra; Vengadu Village of Chennai- Tamil Nadu; Transit Camp Slum and Saraswati Shishu Mandir School of Rudrapur, Uttarakhand.
Basic Computer , Tally , Spoken English, Beauty & Wellness, Cutting and Training and Industrial Tailoring Program.
In FY 17-18, 1331 students graduated from Aakarshan Centers from India. Whereas, till date Aakarshan has benefitted 3701 people.
Industrial Tailoring Program focuses on women empowerment through imparting industrial based skill set which is needed in export houses. After 45 days training, 100% job placement is done. This is a collaborated project with Shahi Exports.