In 1986, Alphonse Jemonie pioneered a youth skills development program that empowered disadvantaged youth to realize their work potential through training and education programs. A unique concept in the late 80s, Alphonse has been leveraging partnerships with employers to build marketable skills within the growing populations of low income youth across Bangalore.
Through Alphonse’s organization, Goodwill International, youth are empowered to participate in the labour market. By engaging youth in their own homes, Alphonse builds a rapport, motivating them to enroll into training programs. Students are given the flexibility to identify the value of their training and how much they are willing to pay. This unique facet of the program builds motivation and improves access for low income youth. The programs teach life skills which help instill self-respect and confidence in youth. In addition, youth are paired with employed individuals who provide mentorship and industry-specific guidance. They are also encouraged to explore self-employment possibilities and work placements in their industry of interest. Additional initiatives like the provision of nutritious food and free health check-ups in partnership with Narayana nethralaya, the Jain hospital, and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, have helped build awareness on Goodwill’s core skills development program.
Alphonse has been instrumental in associating Goodwill’s skills development program with the national trade certificate, providing skills training in affiliation with the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT). Goodwill has 9 training centres in Bangalore which provide training in over 14 different trades. It is teaching modular employable skills under the Skill Development Initiative Scheme (SDIS) as introduced by the Directorate General of Employment and Training and encouraging other organisations to implement this approach. A number of institutions are part of this initiative, such as Seva Sadan, Koramangala, Makhija & Makhija and non-formal training institute Bagalur. Alphonse is currently expanding the Goodwill model across Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh through Skills for Progress (SKIP), a network of private technical/vocational training programs in affiliation with 200 institutions.
Note: This was updated in December, 2013. Read on for the ELECTION profile