Mobile based skills training platform SkillTrain, Incubated by social enterprise platform Villgro, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from the corporate social responsibility programme of IT services company Mphasis.

The startup will use the money to set up a skill training centre in Indore. "We currently have five blended learning centres including three centres with NGO partners. We are planning to scale in additional five cities over the next quarter before we look for equity investment," said B Ganesh, founder of SkillTrain.

The vocational training platform provides two-month long video-based and practical training programmes through its blended learning centres and has 21,000 subscribers for its learning channel online across the world.

The company offer training programmes for several vocational skills. All its courses are offered on a blended learning format with an equal amount of audio, video & simulation learning combined with practical training at SkillTrain certified practical training centers. These courses are aimed at training the learner to be at par with the best vocational skill practitioners. The use of audio, video and simulation tools, can help the learner not only understand the content but also help the learner in gaining mastery over the skill.

One of the often lamented issues from an industry perspective is the huge skill gap that exists among fresh talent. Its courses aim to address this gap through an effective and efficient blended learning methodology while also enabling the reach of vocational training to a larger geography.

SkillTrain offer courses in a wide range of trades including Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Computer Science & IT, Automobile, Fashion Designing, Plumbing& Carpentry. The startup aims to eventually offer training content for all the courses listed in the Government of India’s Modular Employability Skills Scheme.

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