Better Education Through Innovation Foundation

Improving the employment prospects of children who don’t finish school

When a child drops out of school their future becomes uncertain. A lack of skills and experience means making a living can be tough.

We funded a vocational and educational coaching project to improve the employment prospects of children who don’t finish school. The project, which is run by Better Education Through Innovation Foundation (BETI), aimed to support 1,000 students a year in three areas of the Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh.

  • We supported a vocational and educational coaching programme in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh run by Better Education Through Innovation Foundation (BETI).
  • BETI training courses were awarded Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry accredited status.
  • 88% of students were placed in training roles in companies.

Earn while you learn

Young people were trained in trades including: embroidery, agro-processing, automobile mechanics, welding, electrics, mobile repairs, carpentry, tailoring, and computer repairs. Their vocational training also included important employment skills such as business development, accounting, group management and inventory management skills.

Participants formed ‘self help groups’ to help each other to establish links with banks for loans, get accredited with industry boards, and promote their businesses and trades.

The educational coaching element of the programme meant participants could complete their secondary education through regular and open schooling.

In year one, 1,000 students had livelihood training and 450 received educational coaching to enable them to enrol in Class 8 and complete their secondary school education and improve their job prospects.

“This training allowed many young boys and girls to build and develop skills in vocations of their choosing. The provision of these skills, linked with educational support, helps them generate and grow their own incomes.” Ms. Sebha Hussain, Executive Director, BETI

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