Mumbai: Shahani Academic & Global Empowerment Foundation (SAGE), a non-profit trust focused on skills training, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rise Infinity Foundation, Secretariat of MahaPECONet, a coalition of development partners convened by UNICEF. Through this agreement, SAGE and UNICEF MahaPECONet seek to collaborate towards the skilling and upskilling of youth from migrant families impacted by COVID-19, and in assisting them with employment in the BFSI sector, either as wage employees or through self-employment. The MoU was signed by Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, SAGE Foundation, and Ms. Karon Shaiva, Managing Trustee, Rise Infinity Foundation.
UNICEF MahaPECONet is a network of volunteers, corporates, government bodies and organisations that have come together to support migrant workers and their families, affected by the socio-economic downturn caused by COVID-19. The SAGE Foundation has pledged to contribute to this initiative, by offering to train the youth from these families to enhance their employability. The training will be provided for free, at the Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management, for employment in the BFSI sector, along with placement support for employment opportunities in the relevant field. The foundation aims to upskill a minimum of 300 students via this effort, through online and offline channels.
Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, SAGE Foundation and The Shahani Group, said, “UNICEF MahaPECONET has worked extensively to alleviate the challenges of migrant workers affected by COVID-19, and we are privileged to be a part of this initiative. Through this collaboration, we aim to provide job-specific skill training to these underprivileged youth, to enable them obtain entry-level white-collar jobs in the BFSI sector. The Foundation will collaborate with its training arm, Smart Institute Pvt Ltd, to help students reach their full potential by developing their communication, sales and problem-solving skills, while also providing them with industry knowledge.”