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
Colleges that have MoUs
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.
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
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"
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