GAMANA is a collective effort of transformers, visionaries and the benefactors is now brimming with endless energy and spreading in 18 Panchayat villages of Thullur Mandal in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh State in INDIA. Initiated in 2007, GAMANA is known for its Employability Training and Placement support program for diverse profiles of vulnerable young men and women in different rural and urban set ups. GAMANA specializes in working with the most deprived, vulnerable and difficult to reach sections of young and women communities at risk and has a very strong gender perspective.
GAMANA projects for the last Nine years have been addressing many of the immediate and intermediate causes of employment gaps among most disadvantaged young women and men at different locations in Guntur District. So far GAMANA’s sustainable model of workforce development for new economy jobs has been tested and demonstrated at various urban locations and in some cases under demonstration.
Most of the GAMANA’s initiatives and interventions for workforce development are inspired and informed by the key gaps in policies and systems of education, vocational training and (self or wage) employment. Therefore GAMANA’s projects are designed to address the key gaps in;
Informed by the key gaps and trends of education, vocational training and employment systems, GAMANA’s core programing principles and strategies indicate paradigm shift in workforce development.
GAMANA supports both employment opportunities oriented workforce preparation as well as micro-enterprise development, specifically oriented towards identified labour market requirements and opportunities. It bridges the emerging demands in the new economy with changes that need to happen in the educational pipeline for workforce preparation in the country. This implies involvement of business and industry professionals in developing integral components to education reform including contextual employability competencies; work based learning, career academies, acquiring workplace skills and advancement of employability competencies.