When Sukhwinder Singh, Mitali Sinh and Raman Sorout signed up to train as solar technicians, they had hoped to find jobs in India's growing solar-energy sector. But none of them did.

Trained under the Suryamitra program — a flagship project of India's Skill Council for Green Jobs — all three spent months looking for work in the solar industry but drew a blank.

The program's main objective is to train high-school leavers and vocational diploma holders as field technicians, to operate and manage solar energy projects that are key to meeting India's goal of achieving 500 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2030.