Youth4Jobs (Y4J) is the largest organisation in India which focuses on skilling and placing youth with disability in jobs.It works with less educated youth from villages for entry level jobs in companies.College Connect a new pioneering program, assesses trains and places educated engineers and graduates with disabilities in MNCs and large IT companies.The work has scaled from 1 state to 16 states from 1 location to 34 locations in 7 years. On the supply side, Y4J works has a pan-India pipeline of less educated and educated youth with physical, speech & hearing disability and visual impairment.
On the demand side, Y4J works with a network of 500 companies. It acts as a one-stop shop offering companies a comprehensive end-to end solution in inclusive hiring.This ensures companies, whether private or public sector, experience the benefits of hiring from this untapped labour pool, which mainstreams hiring of youth with disabilities in India.
The work is important for two priorities of government of India
SKILL FOR INDIA – Y4J helps skill the most vulnerable and unreached to help the country meet its demographic dividend
MAKE IN INDIA – Impact studies of Y4J work shows a 15% productivity increase in the manufacturing sector when companies hired youth with disability
The model is scalable and replicable.