Social Entrepreneur Gayathri Vasudevan Wins ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’
Published: 06th February 2017
Ms. Gayathri Vasudevan, Co-Founder and CEO of LabourNet Services is awarded as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in Service Business – Trainings’ at the 5th Annual Convention for Entrepreneur and Start-up organised by Franchise India in association with US-based Entrepreneur World Magazine. Franchise India presents the country's most prestigious awards in the Entrepreneur arena. The awards aim to recognize and felicitate Achievers, Innovators and Suppliers, who have contributed significantly towards the development of Entrepreneurship in India.
Ms. Vasudevan has been passionately working towards making vocational education available to the youth, irrespective of their economic and social background and this award comes as acknowledgment for her dedicated service in this field. Gayathri Vasudevan on receiving this award is appreciative and states, “I am thankful to Franchise India for honouring me and my team with this award. I am extremely delighted as it is a reward for the cohesive efforts of Team LabourNet. We aim to focus on our vision of Empowerment, Real income & Productivity Increase through Research & Development and providing Education, Training and ‘Decent work’ Services.”
Ms. Gayathri is instrumental in structuring LabourNet Services into a leading social enterprise, by anchoring on values of growth, transparency, social protection and inclusion. LabourNet has won numerous awards in the last few years for its model and contribution to society. Ms. Vasudevan has been extensively involved in policy issues & community mobilizations relating to Livelihoods, Social Security and the Informal Economy. She holds a Doctorate in development studies and more than 17 years’ of experience in both national and international organizations. Before joining LabourNet, she held senior positions at International Labour Organization and other multilateral organizations for eight years such as UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, NORAD etc.
LabourNet Services is a social enterprise working towards making the informal workforce of India ‘Skill Ready’ in association with the government and with the co-operation of Corporates in nearly 40 skill segments. It began largely as an effort to provide a one-stop platform for unorganized sector workers to obtain services which are currently available and accessible by formal sector workers. Today, LabourNet, today, has revamped itself into a Social Enterprise to make it more sustainable and provides required benefits for workers in the informal sector through a holistic platform. Its sustainable model is an end-to-end solution through a built-in 4E – Empowerment by blending Education, Employability and Employment. With more than 100 livelihood centres and 90+ onsite centres, LabourNet has impacted the lives of more than a lakh workers in India and aims to reach to a million in the next 5 years. It is structured and in synchronization with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) and the mandate set up by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). LabourNet’s solution won ‘Sankalp’ Award for ‘highly scalable social models’, ‘Best Upcoming Partner’ by NSDC for 2012-13, Best Practice Recognition for ‘Assessment Tools’ 2013 by NSDC. For more details on LabourNet, please visit, www.labournet.in
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