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Youth4Jobs – College Connect






Zero Project 2020/2021

Transfer Model



La Fundación Youth4Jobs es una ONG con sede en Hyderabad (India), centrada en las oportunidades de empleo y educación para estudiantes con discapacidad. Su programa College Connect ha creado Centros de Inclusión Inteligente en 21 colegios y universidades, conectando a estudiantes, educadores, empleadores y gobierno. Los centros ofrecen formación e inserción laboral a los estudiantes, y también apoyan a los educadores y a los posibles empleadores. Desde el inicio del programa en 2018, 900 estudiantes han recibido formación y 550 han encontrado trabajo.


Young people with disabilities are often excluded from higher education and graduate employment opportunities.

Smart Inclusion Centres are based in specialist as well as inclusive colleges and universities in 11 cities and six Indian states. The programme is targeted towards students with physical disabilities as well as those with hearing and visual impairments.

The programme creates an ecosystem that supports inclusive higher education and employment. Students receive training, such as in English and digital skills, and they are also provided with job fairs and site visits. The programme connects students to employers in multiple sectors, including IT, manufacturing, and retail. Youth4Jobs has a network of over 500 employers, such as Accenture, Capgemini, and Foxconn, which also work with them to ensure their training focuses on real market needs. In addition, Youth4Jobs promotes inclusive employment through offering disability awareness training. To that end, it trains college educators on accessible online teaching methods and other technical skills to support inclusive higher education settings.

The College Connect programme is funded by companies paying Youth4Jobs a hiring fee for graduates, and from the sensitization workshops and technical assistance they provide.


  • The College Connect programme grew from 7 colleges in 2018 to 21 in 2019
  • To date, 800 educators have been trained on accessible training tools and career opportunities for candidates with disabilities.
  • 754 students with disabilities have been connected to jobs


The programme has expanded from four to eleven cities in six Indian states, and from seven to 21 colleges.
Partnerships with colleges are reached following initial research and shortlisting. This is then followed by engagement with management and students and a signed memorandum of understanding.

Goals for the next five years are partnering with 100 colleges and bringing 1,500 graduates into employment.
Youth4Jobs is customizing its model to replicate it.


  • Connections to Local organisations who share our values and passion to replicate Smart Inclusion Centers
  • Funding for the project
  • Partner to help us develop/digitalize Training Modules
  • Exposure to the education sector and employers for graduates

Transfer Model

What: we wish to share our know-how of implementing the Smart Inclusion Centre

How: We provide Training, Mentoring, and Customizing support to our replication partners

Where: Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal

We are looking for Replication partners who are:
– Passionate of working in the livelihoods of vulnerable at Scale
– Has capacity to forge local partners like educational institutions, local community and business
– Can fundraise for this project
– Track record of working in the area of skilling the disabled or non-disabled

Further Info

Meera Shenoy, Founder/CEO,