Administrator | September 26, 2016



Mobile-­based vocational training for youth

Incubated Since 2014 Headquarters Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh Sector Education Sub-sector Skill training
Senior advisor Portfolio Manager Vikash Jha

"In the next few years, we aim to offer 50 courses and have an impact on around 100,000
learners across the world."
- B.Ganesh, SkillTrain.

The Entrepreneur

Ganesh has been a teacher, a manager, an educationist and now a social entrepreneur. He holds an MBA degree and was a Fulbright Scholar on Leadership in Management from the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA.

The Challenge

Every year nearly 15 million students drop out of the Indian schooling system at various stages. These dropouts currently do not have an option of returning to mainstream
education nor can they get into vocational or higher education. Eventually, this can
metamorphose into a demographic crisis.

The Innovation

SkillTrain offers vocational training to rural school dropouts using an innovative mobile phone enabled learning delivery platform. SkillTrain offers training programmes such as
mobile repairing, electrical repairing, computer hardware repairing, plumbing and masonry
thereby enabling rural school dropouts to gain employment or become self­employed

The Impact

It aims to bridge the gap between the 15 million youth who drop out of schools each year and the projected need for nearly 150 million skilled employees in India by 2020. Over the
next 5 years, SkillTrain aims to offer 50 courses and have an impact on around 100,000
learners across the country.

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