PWD Youth

2.1% of India’s population which is about 26.81 million is persons with disability (as per 2011 Census); Among them there are 4.1 million in the employable age of 19-29; Barely 2% are educated and 1% is in employment. Skill Development and Employment in an organized sector Job is an opportunity for young people with disability to exhibit their talent, demonstrate their abilities, grow capabilities and overcome the stigma/barrier of disability.The Indian economy has grown rapidly per capita GDP increased from $322 to $1552 during 1992-2012. However, persons with disability, especially those from poor families, have not benefited from this economic growth. Youth4Jobs works on a multipronged strategy which is uniquely designed to involve all the stakeholders and create larger impact on the target group.

Y4J works to systematize the entire process of linking PwDs to labour markets to ensure impact with scale and quality. These include the following:

Skill Development Training And Employment

This is central key area of the entire program which aims at enhancing the skill set and develop capability of the PwD Youth. In a batch of 25-30 Persons with disability each person is different in terms of degree of disability, mobility constraints and educational background (Education in special schools or regular schools). Therefore, Y4J has devised an integrated course - Work Integrated Soft Skills & English (WISE). The duration of the course is 2 months which covers modules on English, Soft Skills, Computers and sector specific competency like Retail, IT/ITeS, Hospitality, Media and Entertainment, etc

The process is as follows:

The target group will be unemployed disabled youth within the age group of 18-27 years. The following are the categories of youth which the proposal intends to cater to:

  • Loco Motor Impaired (LI)
  • Hearing & Speech Impaired (HI)
Sectors Qualification Required Kind of Disability
IT / ITeS – Data Entry / BPO (Non-Voice) / Computer operators 10th and above LI, HI
IT/ITeS – BPO (Voice) 12th & Graduate LI
Manufacturing (eg. Gems & Jewelry) 5th and above LI, HI
Hospitality 10th and above LI, HI
Health Care 10th and above LI, HI
Tele Callers 10th and above LI
Data Processing, Proof Reading 10th and above LI, HI
Retail 10th and above LI, HI

Corporate Tie-Ups

Corporate partnerships are the key to the success of the program. They are the key stakeholders of the program and Y4J ensures their active engagement and involvement throughout the process. Starting from Role Mapping to Employment to Impact Assessment corporate plays an important role.

Y4J strength lies in its networks and partnerships with the companies. The sectors in which Y4J link the trained candidates are telecom, BPO, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, etc. The companies recruited are ADFC (HDFC Bank’s BPO), Tata Business Support Services (TBSS), Symphony Technologies among the BPOs, Tata Teleservices, Airtel, Vodafone among the telecom, McDonalds, KFC, Lemon tree in hospitality sector; Spar, More, Shoppers Stop group in retail and Shahi Exports in apparel, Gitanjali Gems and Jewellery in the manufacturing sector and Prasads EFX Magic in Movie restoration & Digital Post Production. Most of them are first time recruiters of persons with disability.

  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Banking & Finance
  • BPO
  • IT/ITeS
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Telecom
  • Health Care
  • Textiles
  • Manufacturing
  • Media
  • Entertainment



The World Bank report states that Persons with disability are more likely to be poor and therefore have insufficient food, poor housing and limited employment opportunities. Parents in the villages do not send their disabled child to school, especially if it is a girl, leading to low education levels.

"This grass root community interaction is the heart of our work in disability to break the vicious cycle of isolation and poverty"

Company sensitivity workshops

  • Key to inclusion begins with sensitizing the corporate on how employing PwD makes business sense
  • Peers, Supervisors and managers go through an experiential workshop which helps build positive attitudes with PwDs by appreciating their abilities
  • Bringing awareness about various Govt. incentives are part of the sensitization program
  • Each program has a capsule of basics of Sign Language to make people comfortable communicating with the Deaf PwDs.

Model Training Centre

  • Y4J has a model training centre where the following innovations and best practices are done.
  • Customizing the curriculum from field learnings
  • Involving companies from day one. Helped in two ways 

    1. Company staff sensitized

    2. Corporate exposure to students

  • Integrated use of mobile with computers for mixed-mode learning
  • Use of inspirational videos
  • Encouraging students to write their Biographies and highlight their achievements, however small
  • Videoing body language before and after trainings