ANTARANG CareerReady

OVERVIEW

Retrospective and Longitudinal Periodic evaluation of Antarang Foundation’s CareeReady program

 

Partner/Client
Antarang Foundation

Sector
NGO

Location
Maharashtra

Key Highlights

  • Program reached out to 18 to 25 year old underprivileged youths in colleges and communities directly and taught them core employability skills that are expected of them in a structured workplace.
  • Retrospective evaluation reached out to about 250 students from different batches from 2015 to 2018 and for periodic evaluation- baseline, midline and endline evaluation research has been designed to reach out to 302 students from the 2019-20 batches.
  • The program served as a good upskilling initiative and as a stepping stone for youth from vulnerable communities to get a good head start with their associations with good companies brands and networks.

Retrospective and Longitudinal Periodic evaluation of Antarang Foundation’s CareeReady program on college students and education dropouts.

Antarang’s CareeReady program recognises the need to improve the career readiness and employability skills for youth in the age group of 18 to 25 years, especially those from marginalised backgrounds.  The program emphasise on self-reliance and problem solving and aims to increase confidence in youth and students and is implemented at the community level in different slums and at the institute level in different colleges.  Upon completion of the program, the students are connected to job opportunities in their area of interest and then are paired with a mentor who will guide them until they are settled in their job.  The purpose of this evaluation is to assess the program over the implementation phase.

Research Tools

01. Telephonic assessment
02. Goal Attainment scale
03. Structured Surveys
04. Semi-structured interviewss
05. Focus Group Discussions

APPROACH

The study followed a periodic pre-post evaluation and retrospective evaluation design that extended across the program cycle. The evaluation focused on capturing the youth perspectives related to the relevance of the program, their career aspirations and choices, challenges and needs the youth themselves articulate, motivations to join the program, their barriers, the stakeholders they are most influenced by, and the impact (real or perceived) that they experience from the program. Relying on a mixed methods design, the research aimed to quantify opinions and perceptions while allowing for a nuanced qualitative understanding of the program, to build on the understanding that for youth to be self-reliant, to reach a career of their choice there are  milestones, barriers and enablers along the way.