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College Connect

A new program funded by JP Morgan, Able+ College Connect is the first of its kind program that partners with colleges to provide need-based orientation and employability training to students with disabilities and connecting them to companies.

The program creates awareness by conducting information sessions for the Principal and the faculty members where we go directly to universities and colleges to assess, orient and link youth with disabilities to jobs.

Currently, we have MOU's with about 3 Universities and 5 colleges and institutions. Y4J conducted sessions with students for 100 hr. and map them with available opportunities at the end of the program.

After the pilot there has been a continuous improvement in the process and we have evolved to run 300 hr. curriculum in the colleges. We are also introducing 3 month internships for the students in the colleges with different companies before placements.

As the work began in colleges, it was found enrolment of youth with disabilities in colleges was incredibly low. (One state government stated it was 0.04% versus the 5% mandated by the Right to PwD Act 2016).

In response to this, in a pioneering manner, we have set up Smart Inclusion Centres at various universities which help PwDs to enrol in colleges and work with companies to enhance their employability.

College Connect Aggregate Model of Training

1 Job Linked Skilling (10th – 12th)
2 Job Linked Skilling (Graduates & Above)
3 Customized Trainings

TRAINING COURSE

Topics Covered:

  • Interview Preparation
  • English Language Skills
  • Sector Specific Skills
  • Computer & Soft Skills
  • Technical Skills (engineering colleges)

Colleges that have MoUs

  • Madonna College, Vijaywada
  • Kalasalingam University, Madurai
  • Anantpur, RDT
  • Chennai: MGR Janaki college, St. Loius college, Loyola college
  • Mumbai: NASEOH
  • Pune University
  • Companies we work with – placements

    Able+ College Connect program will be working closely with companies like Synchrony Financial, HSBC, Amazon, Lifestyle Retail, Valeo Automotive, PepsiCo, Schneider Electric to name a few.

    Achievements

    Over 385 educated youth from villages trained in tier-2 cities through College Connect program

    University/college tie-ups – 9 educational institutions / universities. The universities have several colleges affiliated to them

    No. of teachers trained to handle PwDs – Over 20 teachers

    Content adaptation – 50 hours adapted out of 200 hours

    No. of Smart Inclusion Centres set up – 2 set up with more in the pipeline

    No. students assessed and trained – 240 including speech and hearing impaired engineers, visual impaired and locomotor impaired graduates who have been unemployed / under employed though educated.

    No. placed - 144

    Testimonies

    Takata: Kaoru Yokoyama (Director-Manufacturing) said: "The initial feedback on the performance of speech & hearing impaired people in our shop floor has been very positive and we are keen to double the openings to include both men and women with disabilities before the end of December, 2017"

    Career Tracks
    RETAIL BPO IT/ITeS
    BANKING & FINANCE HOSPITALITY MANUFACTURING

    College Connect Success Stories

    • Apurva Nimbhalkar Axis Bank
      Apurva Nimbalkar came to us when we began customised trainings for the banking industry in Mumbai at. He is visually impaired and had a Master’s degree. But was searching for an appropriate job in the last few months. Axis Bank managers took guest lectures in our trainings and participated in interviews with other banks like HDFC, HDBFS etc. Apurva was selected as Deputy Manager (HR) Axis Bank with a princely salary of almost Rs. 9,00,000 annually. Our team rejoiced with Apurva and his parents, knowing now that his future is secure.
    • Nagajanani Synchrony Financial Pvt. Ltd.
      Bachelor of Computer Applications.
      She was rejected by several companies due to her speech and hearing impairment.
      Her college connected her to Youth4Jobs.
      She underwent a short term orientation program and was placed in an MNC in Hyderabad.
      "Getting a job in a progressive company has been a dream come true for me" says Nagajanani.
      Her family is very proud of her.