Social entrepreneur Meghna Joshi’s skilling venture SWAN is out to groom India’s youthful workforce and enhance their career prospects.
India is sitting on a precarious perch when it comes to its population dividend. The informal sector that takes care of about 93 per cent of the workforce does not have any skilling mechanism, and largely depends on the skill development taking place on the job. “The situation calls for a quick reorganisation of the skill-development ecosystem. It is an essential ingredient for future economic growth if India is to transform into a diversified and internationally competitive economy,” says Delhi-based social entrepreneur Meghna Joshi, who has set out to do something about it.
Having worked several years in the corporate and social sectors handling operations and imparting training, Meghna gained a deep understanding of the “pain points” of students coming from economically weaker backgrounds as well as their employers. To resolve these issues through a systematic process, the 29-year-old recently launched her social venture SWAN (Skilled Workforce Advancing Nation).
“We’re trying to kindle hope among the youth (18–30 years) from the resource-poor sections of society by providing them with quality training to improve their skills and personality,” says Meghna, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in business economics and a Master’s in environment and development.