Our Story

SGBS was just a group of neighbors doing Saturday bhajans. As a family, we were involved in music and dance. SGBS soon became one of the biggest cultural organizations. but apart from bhajans we were a group who had a huge social calling. “Around 1993 we had grown very big and decided to make it a formal body,”. This was a huge turning point moment for us.

The Programs we Took up

We retained the name SGBS, just adding the word Trust. SGBS Trust took up three programs
1. “Utsav” which was all about celebrations and music and dance;
2. “Samstha” which provides funeral services &
3. “Shiksha” which funded children in school

But even as processes were put in place to educate underprivileged children, there was a sense of not doing enough, of not actually creating lasting impact. A lot of bright kids that the Trust had funded for 8-9 years suddenly dropped out of school, sometimes because their parents wanted them to bring in money, sometimes because of peer pressure or sometimes simply because they did not do well academically in one subject and began to feel like failures. The result was disappointing. The children went back to the slums, their formal education soon forgotten. “What have we actually achieved?” was the question that bothered the Trustees. And it was in seeking this answer that the seeds for Unnati were sown.

The credibility that SGBS Trust had built was so immense that we had people calling us and asking if we knew somebody for a job

Back then, they never asked if he knew English or computers. All they wanted was someone trustworthy. And we could place people. That got us thinking. We wondered why could we not train people and then give them a job?” And thus was born Unnati, an organization that works towards social transformation through vocational training.

Miracles happen here every day Whether it is the building that came up on land granted by the Government and constructed with the help of generous donors, the many infrastructure requirements that we had to set up, we believe that we were chosen by a higher power to empower the nation.

The coaching that students get at Unnati goes much beyond vocational training. Elaborating on the three principles upon which the Unnati program is built:
1. if we train somebody we must be able to get them a job.
2. We must enable the youth to be good and responsible citizens and be a part of the inclusive society by being able to present themselves in the society.
3. They must be change agents in their society.

Since then every student at Unnati is taught spoken English, basic computers, life skills and values as part of the curriculum, in addition to training in their core vocation.

Since a few of the Trustees were looking at Unnati as giving back to society, they do not charge the students for the training. In fact, free food and PG accommodation is provided to students in the Bangalore Centre.

But the biggest differentiator is the ‘Guaranteed Job’ promise that Unnati gives. Unnati’s 100% placement record remains unbroken since its inception.

Unnati is associated with The Indian Institute of Corporate affairs (IICA) as a training partner, to run a certified course in CSR programs for professionals. There are huge possibilities in terms of CSR funding today, CSR is no longer charity, Companies cannot just issue a cheque and claim they have done CSR. They need to show how they have impacted society.

Pratap Ramdas, Chief Manager, IR & Community Initiative at Tata Global Beverages Ltd., reiterates the sentiment. “It’s not just about donating money”, he says. “We believe we need to nurture the NGO-Corporate partnership over the long term.” His company has been partnering with Unnati for several years now, as part of the Tata Group Affirmative Action Program, which commits Tata companies to exercise positive discrimination in employing personnel from historically disadvantaged communities and in engaging them as business partners, without sacrificing merit or quality. So what made Tata Global Beverages choose Unnati? “The 4Es (Education, Employability, Employment and Entrepreneurship) which form the backbone of the affirmative action program within the Tata group is totally in sync with what Unnati does.” responds Pratap. “We also found that the group at Unnati was really passionate about what it was doing and extremely committed too. We actually saw skill development and placement happening.”

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Forthcoming Batches


27th Mar 2019 - Tenkasi

 20th May 2019 - Tenkasi

11th July 2019 - Tenkasi

 



23rd April 2019 - Tumkur

14th June  2019 - Tumkur

05th  Aug 2019 - Tumkur

25th  Sep   2019 - Tumkur

   


O4th April 2019 - Sira
26th May 2019 - Sira
17th July 2019 - Sira
08th Sep 2019 - Sira



16th Mar 2019 - Raichur
08th May 2019 - Raichur
28th Jun  2019 - Raichur
19th  Aug 2019 - Raichur



12th   April  2019 - Mysore

01st   June   2019 - Mysore


08th  April  2019 - Koppal

30th  May   2019 - Koppal

20th  July   2019 - Koppal

09th  Sept   2019 - Koppal





17th April 2019 - Hospet
08th June 2019 - Hospet
29th  July 2019 - Hospet
19th Sep 2019 - Hospet


11th  Apr 2019  - Hassan

07th  May  2019  - Hassan

28th  Jun  2019  - Hassan

20th  Aug  2019  - Hassan

     


28th  March  2019 - Gangavati
18th  May   2019 - Gangavati
08th  July   2019 - Gangavati
28th  Aug    2019 - Gangavati




25th March  2019 - Nagpur

20th   May  2019 - Nagpur

         


07th  May 2019 - Selaiyur


08th  May  2019 - Redhills (Chennai)

27th  June  2019 - Redhills (Chennai)

 16th  Aug   2019  -   Redhills (Chennai)



25th  Mar  2019 - Attur

16th  May  2019 - Attur





10th  April   2019 - Jahangirpur
31st   May   2019 - Jahangirpur
22nd  July   2019 - Jahangirpur
11th  September 2019  - Jahangirpur






17th    April  2019 - Hospet
08th  June  2019 - Hospet
29th  July  2019 - Hospet
19th  Sep   2019 - Hospet


13th  Apr  2019 - Harihar


13th  Apl  2019 - Bangalore

01st June 2019 - Bangalore

20th July 2019 - Bangalore



25th  April  2019 - Kirtinagar

15th  June  2019 - Kirtinagar

05th  Aug  2019 - Kirtinagar

25th  Sep  2019 - Kirtinagar



03rd April 2019 - Badarpur

24th May 2019 - Badarpur



01st  May  2019 - Chitradurga
21st  Jun  2019  - Chitradurga


01st  Apr   2019 - Bidar
21st  May  2019 - Bidar
10th  July  2019 - Bidar


27th   Mar 2019 - Belagavi

17th May 2019 - Belagavi

08th July 2019 - Belagavi