Over 100 young women find employment amid COVID-19

-As a part of the UPSTPC project facilitated by Medha

Gurugram: 106 women who recently completed their diploma courses from government polytechnics in cities like Mau, Maharajganj, Bareilly, Moradabad across Uttar Pradesh have found employment at a leading tech company in Gurgaon. The development comes under Uttar Pradesh State Training and Placement Cell amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to a slowdown with reported job losses, furloughs, and pay cuts.

UPSTPC was set up by Joint Entrance Examination Council, Uttar Pradesh (JEECUP), in collaboration with Medha, a non-profit organization based in Lucknow. The objective of the project is to ensure quality skills training to the students enrolled in Govt. Polytechnics across the state, while strengthening the placement cells of these institutes and managing their overall placement ecosystem. Their training workshops focus on employability skills such as interview preparation, resume writing, entrepreneurship, workplace etiquette, and leadership skills and are facilitated by Medha.

Medha has been working in the area of employability skills development of youth since 2011. Over the past years, it has impacted over 25,000 youth across 200 educational institutions  and has placed them into internships and full-time jobs with over 1,500 leading employers.

In August, when Medha received information about the opportunity at VVDN Tech. Pvt Ltd, a Gurgaon based Technology Company, it connected the interested students with the employer. For the students, all women, who received the final offer, the organization also played an instrumental role in counselling the parents to allow their daughters to move outstation for work along with arranging transportation amid COVID-19.

“When I received a job offer from VVDN Tech Pvt. Ltd., my family was a little apprehensive about me moving out. However, I was determined to take up the opportunity as I believe it is important for women to be financially independent. I have adjusted in the new city, and I am grateful to Medha for providing us support and guidance,” said Akriti Tripathi, who underwent workshops facilitated by Medha while pursuing her Diploma in Electronic Engineering from Mahamaya Institute of Information Technology, Maharajganj.

“As an organization, we focus on improving the employability outcomes of our students while mentoring them and connecting them with gainful employment opportunities. These young women who’ve taken up the opportunity at Gurgaon have set a good example for those who are unsure about taking up jobs away from their hometowns”,said Piyush Gupta, Area Manager of Medha who managed this drive.

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