Social Innovation Stories

Gi Group

Destination Work India

Through ‘Destination Work’, Gi Group employees voluntarily organise and deliver workshops, trainings, and presentations to help people from their local community boost their employability. In India, the company partnered with a local NGO to help underprivileged young people build a career path.

  • #Skills

  • #Inclusiveness

The challenge

In an ever-changing labour market, people increasingly need support to access the best tools and strengthen their employability, according to their needs. For the most vulnerable groups in society, it comes down to work on very basic skills but, depending on the country concerned, complex social dynamics might need to be addressed.

Solution

Gi Group started “Destination Work”, a global volunteering project, to use the skills available within the company to respond to the needs of the community in which its individual branches are located.

In 2018, Gi Group India partnered with the non-profit organization Shanti Bhavan – a school for underprivileged young people near Bengaluru, popularized by a documentary on Netflix. The company helped Shanti Bhavan towards the creation of work opportunities to its beneficiaries to experience a future that corresponds to their needs and expectations, based on the principles of equality, impartiality and personal dignity.

Gi Group organised as part of “Destination Work” a workshop for about 70 college going students and working professionals focussed on Employability and Professional development. Senior officials from Gi Group and its client companies discussed various topics around career guidance and shared tips for crafting resumes and handling job interviews.

Key numbers

70

students (undergrads and grads both)

Resources
Outcomes
  • Hands-on preparation for interviews and CV writing
  • Awareness about the industry through our expert clients and leadership.
  • Awareness on current market opportunities and job roles
  • Awareness about Shanti Bhavan’s initiatives
  • Book written by student Shilpa Raj “The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter” was given as memento in India Next 20 event to support the initiative. Purchased around 200 copies worth 300 INR each.
  • Coverage on various social media arms to increase awareness about Shanti Bhavan
Country/ies of implementation