IIFL Foundation partners with Indian Army & REACHA to skill youth of Kashmir

The retail skill development programme will train about 180 youth in Kashmir and make them employable in the retail space


IIFL Foundation has launched a retail skill-development programme in collaboration with the Indian Army and REACHA, a non-government organisation, to train 180 youngsters and make them employable in the retail sector.

The one-year long programme will commence in Kupwara, Kashmir, and the Retailers Association’s Skill Council of India (RASCI) will assess and certify the students, in line with the ‘Skill India’ mission of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

The initiative will provide the aspiring youth in and around Kupwara with skills required to become entrepreneurs or professionals in the retail space. The course will include work-related training customised as per RASCI and soft skill training focusing on grooming. The candidates will also be trained about dress code, communication skills, resume making and confidence building.

Grateful to the Indian Army, REACHA and the local community for their support, Madhu Jain, Director, IIFL Foundation said, “We will continue to support skill development and training initiatives with focus on employment for the youth in Kashmir.”

IIFL Foundation is an Indian corporate social responsibility (CSR) organisations that focuses on education, health, poverty alleviation and climate action. It also supports multiple skill-development initiatives across the country.

Colonel MS Navalgatti said, “Indian Army is always happy to contribute to such initiatives and provide on-ground support to the local community.”

Nikhil Pant, CEO, REACHA revealed that “A key objective would be to train and provide placement to these 180 youth and empower them for sustained, growth-oriented careers”.

IIFL Foundation has connected 55 schools in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, where electricity is not available, to off-grid solar panels, ensuring uninterrupted power supply.

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