Approach:

Pratham Institute implements a host of innovative methodologies across each step in the skill development cycle. These innovations are highly thriving on the principle of sustainability and cost effectiveness.

Mobilization:

A large team of mobilizers spread across different states are the core expertise of community engagement. Our mobilizers interact with local communities and leaders including sarpanchs, conduct job fairs and partner with local government departments (including forest and tribal departments) to reach out to youth, provide information and assist in enrollment. Given the magnitude of mobilization challenges, especially from the extremely disadvantaged focus areas of Pratham Institute, we are implementing a number of new strategies like:



  1. Career Guidance and Counseling Centers (CGCC) centers in targeted areas (know more)     
        
        
    Career Guidance and Counseling Centers (CGCC) in targeted areas :

    Mobilizers and counselors at CGCC centers, often established in partnership with govt. departments, reach out to youth, conduct assessments to gauge the youth’s interests and capabilities and counsel them on future career paths while providing information on Pratham programs. This experiment has been successful in engaging and building a relationship with youth at a large scale from various remote areas.


        
  2. Shiksha Rozgar Mitra Network (know more)       
        
        
    Shiksha Rozgar Mitra network :

    Pratham Institute is piloting the establishment of a distributed volunteer base, leveraging synergies with the Pratham School Education Program, with 1 volunteer in each village to engage with and inform youth on a regular basis. This will increase our mobilization reach, both across regions and across time periods, and will provide much needed guidance to disadvantaged youth.


            
        
  3. Focused mobilization for different programs in different communities/states (know more)     
        
        
    Focused mobilization for different programs in different communities/states :

    This is based on local residents’ cultural willingness to work in the sector as well as capabilities. As an example, we are focusing mobilization and training for our Construction program in the most underprivileged areas of Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, etc, where youth are willing to work in these difficult sectors as compared to low demand in relatively well-off states like Maharashtra. On the other hand, students from Maharashtra are better equipped with soft skills to succeed in hospitality, and are also willing to work in this ‘glamorous sector’.


        
  4. SMS based outreach, enrollment and performance management (know more)     
        
        
    SMS based outreach, enrollment and performance management :

    PI has implemented an SMS based student enrollment and tracking system under which students are required to register through SMS and are contacted by counselors at our call center. This helps monitor performance of individual mobilizers, predict and plan the pipeline for training, build a database of all students reached and increase ownership on the part of students.


        
  5. Use of audio-visual aids including tablets etc. (know more)     
        
        
    Use of audio-visual aids including tablets, etc :

    Mobilizers have been provided with videos and case studies on tablets that they can showcase in village and city gatherings.



                  


Training:

Teaching and training at Pratham Institute works on the following principles;

  1. Highly practical training in simulated work conditions
  2. Pratham Institute has revamped its entire curriculum and training methodology along a framework of ‘Know and Do’, making the curriculum entirely practical in nature and simulating working conditions through measures like introducing night shifts, longer daily training durations, etc. We have also developed innovative methods to ensure that skills that are being taught should be used to service customer demand, generating revenue to subsidize the training, while helping trainees develop practical skills. As an example, in our hospitality training center, we have developed a hotel cum training facility where the majority of the staff is made up of our trainees. Other examples we are piloting are on-site training as part of construction, garage and refurbishment services at our automotive centers and training at beauty parlours.




  3. Reduced length of training period
  4. Understanding the plight of the students, Pratham Institute has reduced the training duration to 2 months from our current 3 month courses. This reduces opportunity costs as well as training costs for students, increases our capacity and ensures elimination of non-essential and misrepresentative modules. We have already implemented this in some of our hospitality centers, and plan to expand this across other verticals.




  5. Quick capacity expansion through installation of pre-fabricated structures
  6. Pratham Institute is using pre-fabricated technology to construct training centers, dormitories etc at our new locations. These pre-fabricated structures have halved the cost of construction and can be constructed within 30-45 days, thus enabling rapid expansion.




  7. Audio-visual content to quicken student learning
  8. The training modules involve a high involvement of audio visual content to enhance the learning in a more effective manner.