SAGE Foundation signs MoU with UNICEF MahaPECONet to upskill youth from migrant families affected by COVID-19
Mumbai, December 2020: Shahani Academic & Global Empowerment Foundation (SAGE), a non-profit trust focused on skills training, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rise Infinity Foundation, Secretariat of MahaPECONet, a coalition of development partners convened by UNICEF. Through this agreement, SAGE and UNICEF MahaPECONet seek to collaborate towards the skilling and upskilling of youth from migrant families impacted by COVID-19, and in assisting them with employment in the BFSI sector, either as wage employees or through self-employment. The MoU was signed by Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, SAGE Foundation, and Ms. Karon Shaiva, Managing Trustee, Rise Infinity Foundation.
UNICEF MahaPECONet is a network of volunteers, corporates, government bodies and organisations that have come together to support migrant workers and their families, affected by the socio-economic downturn caused by COVID-19. The SAGE Foundation has pledged to contribute to this initiative, by offering to train the youth from these families to enhance their employability. The training will be provided for free, at the Thadomal Shahani Centre for Management, for employment in the BFSI sector, along with placement support for employment opportunities in the relevant field. The foundation aims to upskill a minimum of 300 students via this effort, through online and offline channels.
Dr. Akhil Shahani, Managing Director, SAGE Foundation and The Shahani Group, said, “UNICEF MahaPECONET has worked extensively to alleviate the challenges of migrant workers affected by COVID-19, and we are privileged to be a part of this initiative. Through this collaboration, we aim to provide job-specific skill training to these underprivileged youth, to enable them obtain entry-level white-collar jobs in the BFSI sector. The Foundation will collaborate with its training arm, Smart Institute Pvt Ltd, to help students reach their full potential by developing their communication, sales and problem-solving skills, while also providing them with industry knowledge.”
About Shahani Group:
Drawing upon its legacy of over a hundred years in the Indian education sector, the Shahani Group devotes itself to enhancing the careers of lakhs of students via its academic initiatives aimed at providing them with employment in diverse industry sectors. Helmed by Maya Shahani and Akhil Shahani, the Shahani Group is now in its fourth generation, and encompasses a new generation of institutions in areas of management, media, banking, real estate, digital marketing, and more. Along with praiseworthy initiatives such as Ask.CAREERS, Thadomal Shahani Centre For Management, Thadomal Shahani Centre For Media & Communication and Ask Talent Services, the Shahani clan has been instrumental in forming over 24 iconic colleges in Mumbai, such as Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, HR College, KC College, and National College, among others.
As a result, it has been widely recognised for its work in the sector, receiving a bevy of awards, including the CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Award For Ethical Business Practices, the Clinton Global Initiative Award, and the CII Education Excellence Award. Operational in four cities, the Group also has an educational technology division and job placement division under its banner, and runs several CSR initiatives aimed at providing education and healthcare for the under-privileged.