MUMBAI, (GNI): 400+ students from urban low income households get job opportunities with leading corporates at Career Fest hosted by TechnoServe, an India Innovation Grant Program (IIGP) partner of The Citi Foundation, in Mumbai on Wednesday – photo by GNI
MUMBAI, (GNI): TechnoServe, an international non-profit organization with the support of The Citi Foundation organized the 2nd Career Fest to help over 400+ students from urban slums in Mumbai get an employment opportunity. More than 10 corporates attended the career fest and have made several offers to the 400+ students who attended the event. TechnoServe was one of the six partners to be selected for the 2016 India Innovation Grant Program (IIGP) by The Citi Foundation for its Project ‘CREEYD – Creating Employment and Empowerment through Youth Development’. The program trains these students on personal effectiveness, professional English and counseling, and mentoring activities which perfectly complements and supports the gaps in these colleges – making these youth ideally suited for their structured intervention model which brings the entire suite of employability services within the college premises directly in reach of their students. TechnoServe and The Citi Foundation share a common focus of uplifting the economic state and employability of these underprivileged youth in regions across the world with a high concentration of young demographic.
TechnoServe has been catalyzing youth employability and enterprise development in both rural and urban settings for more than a decade. In 2017, over 350 students now have jobs in some of the leading companies in the BFSI space. The unique college embedded model collaborate with college based career centers in Mumbai to deliver employability-training services ensuring that students have access to high quality training and career counseling anytime. Building strong industry linkages and channels for mentorship has further enhanced these students’ exposure and enabled their employability. In Mumbai, TechnoServe is working in 14 different localities, including Ghatkopar, Navi Mumbai and Matunga, to enable youth empowerment and employment by delivering hands-on, interactive blend of soft skills, communication tools, career counseling and corporate linkages to facilitate better income prospects and respectable livelihoods of 1250+ young people.
The Citi Foundation’s overall grant program is focused on addressing the socio-economic challenges with innovative and strategic grants. The 2016 IIGP, now in its third year, is focused on skilling youth and connecting them with economic opportunities that will, in turn propel economic progress and inclusion in India. It works closely with six youth focused NGOs with programs that aim to increase the employability and entrepreneurship opportunities of 13,000 low income youth, aged between 16-25 years, across India. The grants given to the NGOs, have been provided through the 2016 India Innovation Grant Program (IIGP), part of Pathways to Progress, The Citi Foundation’s global initiative to prepare young disadvantaged youth build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job.
About TechnoServe: TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A non-profit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities. TechnoServe has earned a 4-star rating from independent evaluator Charity Navigator for the last 10 years, placing us in the top 1 percent of all its rated non-profits. With nearly 50 years of proven results, TechnoServe believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.ends