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The team has setup Centre for Persons with Disability Livelihoods(CPDL)

The team has Setup Centre for Persons with Disability Livelihoods. (CPDL) is a pioneering PPP with a vision of enabling the Persons with Disability (PwD) to avail better livelihood opportunities by market linked trainings and jobs in the organized sector. The initiative aims to make inclusive employment of the PwDs the norm in companies by triggering to several orders of magnitude, direct employment of this community by corporate India as employees of choice who bring enormous value to their businesses by way of quality work, productivity gains and lower attrition.

CPDL has trained 2500 PwDs with 70% of them successfully gaining employment in organized sector quality jobs where 25% of them are girls. All of them are rural underprivileged PwD youth with over 40% disability. The employed youth's incomes ranged from Rs.45,000 to Rs.100,000 per annum, all of them are first white collared job member of the family. Families and youth were transformed by this experience.

The sectors in which people got jobs are telecom, BPO, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, etc., and the companies who recruited were ADFC (HDFC Bank's BPO), Tata Business Support Services (TBSS), Symphony Technologies, Hinduja Global Business Solution among the BPOs, Tata Teleservices, Airtel, Vodafone among the telecom and Shahi Export, Gitanjali Gems and Jewellery among the manufacturing

Y4J team has built from scratch the Jobs Mission of the Rural Development Department, Govt. of A.P. for underprivileged unemployed rural and tribal youth and took it to scale. The key highlights of the project was

  • 280,000 youth were trained and 70% placed
  • Youth from the most vulnerable groups were focused on like tribal, SC/ST and girls
  • The sectors where the youth got jobs range from retail to rural BPOs to hospitality, etc.
  • Several innovative training products were created by the team like the country’s first grassroots English, Work readiness and Computer Academy (EWRC) which was started in the tribal belt of Srikakulam District and all the candidates trained were successfully placed with good companies which was then replicated in all the 22 Districts of A.P.
  • Developed a market linked course curriculum to bring the candidates skills up to the
    expectations of the industry
  • Network with over 200 companies to place the youth in jobs
  • The model won awards like “South Asia Manthan Award”, and was covered by media nationally and internationally including international journals like Knowledge at Wharton series and Wall Street Journal.
  • The best practises are mainstreamed in Government of India skilling policy.

Worked with APSWREIS – AP Govt. Social Welfare Residential Schools:

  • Developed a 200 hrs course curriculum on “Communication and Soft Skills” in partnership with British Council.
  • Created audio-visual teaching aids for effective learning
  • Trained the Government teachers and school principals
  • Developed a Quality Control Team to visit the schools every fortnightly
  • Presently, covering 112 schools with 15,000 students getting benefitted every year and at the end of the course the students also appear for Cambridge Certification
  • Outcome is SC/ST students learn English and get into better institutes of higher learning
  • Now other State Governments are looking at the model to replicate.

Placement linked Skill Development program for the tribal youth of Chhattisgarh with support of NMDC Limited

The project works towards gainful employment of youth with disability in organized sector ensuring economic stability and growth

Of late, companies have started changing their mind-sets and have begun to realize that hiring PwD makes business sense for them since not only is the productivity of PwD people higher than their non-disabled counter-parts (especially in certain kinds of work), they are more stable and have lower attrition rates. If the skills of youth with disbaility can be developed and matched with specific jobs requirements they can become preferential, productive and stable assets to their employers and society as a whole.

The vision is to enable the Persons with Disability (PwD) to avail better livelihood opportunities by market linked trainings and jobs in the organized sector. The initiative aims to make inclusive employment of the underprivileged and PwDs the norm in companies. This will trigger several orders of magnitude direct employment of this community by corporate India as employees of choice, who bring enormous value to their businesses by way of quality work, productivity gains and lower attrition.

Y4J’s Mantra is refreshingly different- Hire youth with disability not because it’s a nice thing to do, but because it’s the right thing to do. Y4J believes that youth with disability can be put into Customer Interface positions such as cashiers in retail outlets and be able to work efficiently as well.What also set Youth4Jobs apart was its prior experience working within the corporate sector which allowed Y4J access to the organised sector, into which trained youth with disability could be placed.