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SAP India Launches Employability Initiative for Informal Sector Women Workers

By SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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SAP India today announced an initiative to empower informal sector women workers by enhancing their skills and employability potential. Creative Livelihood and Youth (CLAY), a programme jointly developed with NGO partner LEARN (Labour Education and Research Network), aims to build capacities of domestic workers, home based workers, garment and embellishment workers. The program includes training in tailoring and fashion designing, marketing and basic accounting, housekeeping, spoken English and leadership development.

LEARN will identify women workers and their daughters for enrolment, as well as facilitate the entire training process, while SAP India will provide financial support and guidance for the programme. Project CLAY hopes to impact the lives of 10,000 beneficiaries in LEARN's Dharavi, Nasik and Solapur centres this year.

In addition, through its initiative "Project Lakshya" aimed at imparting basic computer literacy, SAP India will inaugurate a computer lab for women at LEARN centers. The labs are well equipped with 10 computers pre-loaded with simple, user-friendly software. SAP India will provide the necessary infrastructure, technology expertise and manage operational costs.

"SAP India believes in the potential of the informal sector workers, who constitute 93% of India's workforce. We want to enable the women workers in this sector to upgrade their skills in various trades, so that they can improve their employment prospects. This will help them derive higher value for their work," said Peter Gartenberg, Managing Director, SAP India.

"Building collectivization of informal sector women workers and helping to enhance their employability has been our vision at LEARN. We believe that programs like CLAY will pave the way for more women to become skilled, independent and self reliant. We are delighted that SAP has come forward to support this initiative," said Abhishek Sawant, Secretary, LEARN.

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