Target Group: Vulnerable women

Geographical Reach: India

Project Duration: 2014

Project Funder: UK India Education and Research Initative

Project Manager: Ali Smith ali@superact.org.uk 


Project Aim

The New Employment Skills for India (NESI) programme uses music, crafts and visual arts to provide skills for employment to female participants in Maharashtra with low self esteem.

The NESI programme has been funded by the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) and is delivered by UK arts organisation Superact in partnership with organisations including the Don Bosco Tech Society training provider, it’s partner the Don Bosco Centre for Social Change, the Musicians Federation of India and the events and media production company Coconut Works.

Superact Chief Executive, Ali Smith travelled to India with renowned British street artist and Superact trainer, Miss*C to join Stuart da Costa of Mumbai’s Cotton Press Studio. The pair trained Indian musicians, sculptors and visual artists who will deliver the employment course.


The delivery phase of the project took place in September 2014 with the trainees trying a variety of creative art forms as part of their training. As their development continued over a 6 week period, the final assessment included a final public performance with their new skills on 22nd November.

The scheme builds on a number of very personal development programmes that have been delivered by Superact in the UK using their accredited qualification “Supporting Employability & Personal Effectiveness” (SEPE).

Commenting, Ali Smith said:

“Superact is very excited to be working in India on this international project and are confident that this creative programme will have very positive impacts on women who wish to enter the labour market in India”

Supported in the UK by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the project is designed to aid international capacity building with a focus on education and skills development.

To connect with Superact’s work in India and the NESI project follow the Superact India and Don Bosco Centre for Social Change facebook pages.