Launched in 2012, the SMART programme begins with a Foundation Course, which trains youth in:
- Spoken English
- Basic IT and Computers
- Workplace Readiness – soft skills
There are ten trades of study offered under SMART programme during the specialising stage:
- Customer Relationships and Sales (CRS)
- IT-Enabled Services (ITES) / Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
- Lab Assistant
- Nurse Aides
- Office Administration
- Pharmacy Assistant
- Quick Service Restaurants (QSR)
In 2015-16, the Foundation ran 65 SMART centers at 10 locations. During the current year, the Foundation has expanded the SMART portfolio to 80 centers in eleven cities – Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune and Visakhapatnam.
There are over 17,500 beneficiaries of the SMART programme.