White Collar Jobs For Low Income Youth
SAGE Foundation helps families move from the Deprived segment to the Aspiring segment which gives them a pathway to the Middle Class segment
Blue collar jobs in sectors such as automobiles, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, metals, cement, rubber and electrical machinery are among the lowest paid jobs in India due to increased contractualisation, a preference for capital investment over labour & tough labour laws. This has left Indian blue-collar workers struggling to stay above the poverty line according to a report by IIM (A) & Monster India.
Hence, training low income youth for blue collar jobs will not help lift their families out of poverty.
On the other hand, 48% of Indian corporates in the BFSI, FMCG, IT/ITES, Logistics & Retail sectors find it difficult to fill entry level executive job roles according to Manpower Group’s annual Talent Shortage Survey. The India Skills Report 2021 says that many companies will focus on remote work & online customer interactions after the COVID lockdown. Hence most entry level jobs will be in the customer sales & support areas where employees are skilled at remote interactions. Entry level employees who have English communication, sales and technical skills will be in well suited for these jobs. Unfortunately, a majority of youth from low income families usually cannot aspire for these jobs as they lack the above mentioned skills.