In this program, CTF works with unemployed youth through skill development, entrepreneurship support and counselling to enhance their capacities to become self-reliant. The program has following important components:
- Entrepreneurship labs at high school level – The pilot program is under progress in collaboration with two higher secondary institutions in Srinagar. The idea is to make students aware of entrepreneurship value chain at a young age.
- Business incubation-Started in January 2016, this program provides potential youth entrepreneurs with jumpstart seed capital (interest free microfinance loans) plus handholding in a shared office space.
- Skill Development – This program allows youth (who are school dropouts or not a good fit for entrepreneurship) to acquire new skills or improve upon their current abilities to match industry standards and market demands. CTF has started multiple skill development centers in Srinagar, Kupwara, Shopian, Kupwara Pulwama and Kishtwar districts. Over 250 youth have graduated from our skills centers so far.