INNOVATION AND SKILL TRAINING CENTER – ISTC
India is one of the youngest nations in the world, with more than 54% of the total population below 25 years of age. In the next 20 years, the labor force in India is projected to increase by 32%. Skill development training will play a crucial role in improving employability levels and enabling the youth for both employment and entrepreneurship. Skill development programs offer employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the youth.
A significant gap exists between the academic curriculum and the actual requirements in the industry and other sectors. Skill development programs aim to identify the specific skill requirements, plan, and implement the necessary skill development initiatives. While self-employment is one potential solution to address unemployment issues, the success of young individuals in self-employment ventures depends on their education and training in the required skills.
The primary objective of the Innovation and Skill Training Centre (ISTC) is to assist the community in achieving employment and entrepreneurship goals.
ISTC provides a range of sophisticated and comprehensive courses for aspiring young men and women in India. They offer Skill Development Courses in ANM, Computer Science & Applications, Graphics & Digital Marketing, as well as vocational training in Electrician, Plumbing, and Carpenter.
ISTC was initiated in Jamia Nagar, South Delhi, in 2012 under Human Welfare Foundation, and it has since expanded to encompass 10 centers across 7 North Indian States. The newly inaugurated ISTC at the Vision Harmony Centre in Brijpuri, North East Delhi, is fully equipped to offer the latest computer education courses.
The Human Welfare Foundation (HWF) is a prominent non-governmental organization in India, committed to executing humanitarian and development programs aimed at combatting poverty and alleviating the suffering of individuals. They do so by collaborating with vulnerable communities, irrespective of their faith, caste, gender, or political beliefs. Their mission is to empower the impoverished and those in need to lead self-reliant and sustainable lives in safe and supportive environments. The foundation’s work is informed and guided by a set of core values, including accountability, humanity, neutrality, impartiality, inclusiveness, integrity, and cooperation.
HWF operates as an overarching organization with a distinguished board of trustees, comprised of experienced leaders and social change-makers. Over a span of 16 years, we have reached out to more than 20 million beneficiaries in 23 different states across India. This extensive impact was achieved through the implementation of over 6000 projects, in partnership with over 200 local organizations. These initiatives are aligned with and contribute to fulfilling ten of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), underlining the foundation’s significant role in fostering positive change.
HWF’s diverse and comprehensive range of activities underscores it’s commitment to making a lasting and positive impact on the lives of those they serve, aligning with their mission of creating sustainable, self-reliant, and caring communities.
In 2005, our journey began with Vision 2016, a decade-long initiative designed to catalyze sustainable change in the socio-economic status of marginalized and deprived communities living in the most challenging conditions, primarily in the states of North and North-East India. Following an extensive year-long consultative process, we launched a flagship project with the aim of bridging the gaps between two seemingly distinct facets of India.
Throughout the past ten years, our focus has remained on the North and North-Eastern states of India, where extreme poverty continues to be prevalent. However, the objectives we set forth under the Vision 2016 plan have yet to be fully realized. Even at its inception, we recognized that the first decade of the program would be just the beginning of a much longer journey required to achieve our program’s goals.
This plan, therefore, carries on the path laid out by the initial plan but with some significant adjustments. Drawing on the lessons learned from the previous program, we are revising our approach by seeking broader public engagement to cultivate a larger supporter and donor base. We are also aiming to establish more partnerships to amplify our efforts and work collectively to accomplish the ambitious goals and targets we have set for ourselves in the next decade.
Through the Vision 2026 program, our objective is to foster a just and harmonious society where everyone takes responsibility for the well-being of the poor, underprivileged, and exploited, thereby creating a better place to live in..