12 Sep 2017
Agrasar, a non-government organisation (NGO) in Gurugram uses community radio to reach underprivileged job seekers looking to upskill and increase their chances of employment. The NGO runs a skills development centre for people who can attend training in person, but for those who are unable to travel to the centre – the radio show offers another way to learn. Each week along with a guest, the radio hosts discusses useful topics including problem solving, leadership and career progression.
Jaskaran Thukral and Shivani Batra from Macquarie’s Gurugram office were invited onto the community radio program to talk about time management, interview practice and tips for learning the English language.
“We were both a little nervous about being live on radio, but the host made us feel very comfortable,” says Jaskaran. “During the live questions it was interesting to hear about some of the challenges our listeners face during an interview. We were pleased to see how we can expand our community service through a radio program and help the listeners come forward.”
“It was great to be on the radio and speak to the callers about their questions. I hope we helped the job seekers become gain some confidence,” says Shivani. “I would welcome the opportunity to be involved again.”
As well as the community radio program for skill development, Macquarie is currently supporting Agrasar to run a livelihood skills program for migrant youth in Kapashera – an urban village located on the Delhi-Gurugram border. The village has a large youth migrant population so the program aims to support the people who are either looking to improve their skills or seeking a better working environment.
Image caption: Jaskaran Thukral (far side of the table) and Shivani Batra (nearest side of the table) with a local radio host.