Published on September 16, 2020
The Youth Employment Program (YEP), which stems from the Tata Affirmative Action Program (TAAP), is an initiative under the CSR umbrella of TCS (Tata Consultancy Services). Joseph Sunil Nalappalli, Head-CSR (India), TCS, spoke about the success of YEP in the 267th EDGE webinar organised on September 16, 2020.
TCS believes that providing youth from society’s socially and economically marginalised sections with appropriate opportunities and learning skills will allow them to enter the mainstream economy and lead a dignified life. The YEP provides free employability training for the affirmative action groups as well as the economically backward candidates from minority and other social categories. The program also guides for internal and external placement across India.
During the webinar, Mr Nalappalli elaborated on the two models — the engineering and non-engineering one, through which TCS has implemented the program across the country. He spoke about YEP’s far-reaching social, economic, business and political impact on the students and their communities. Many rural families had, for the first time, seen someone in their family being engaged in a stable occupation. The empowerment was particularly discernible in girl students, who comprised over 60 per cent of the candidates placed.
After a setback due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdowns, the YEP is now back on track with a ‘Physical to Digital’ facilitation framework.
After driving it for over a decade, TCS aims to take the YEP to greater heights for addressing the challenge of unemployment in India.
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