YES Foundation, FUEL collaborate to skill disadvantaged youth

3,500+ youth will receive training in AI and digital marketing, along with aptitude and employability skills


YES Foundation and Friends Union for Energising Lives (FUEL) have come together to launch a future skills training programme for disadvantaged youth and make them job ready. Through the programme, YES Foundation will train more than 3,500 youth in artificial intelligence (AI) and digital marketing, and equip them with the right aptitude and employability skills. The two entities will help the youth pursue their chosen path by connecting them with industry partners for internships/placements

As per the India Skills Report 2021, only 45.9 per cent of the Indian youth is employable, whereas the majority (85.92 per cent) are looking for internship opportunities to kickstart their careers. With competition for jobs increasing, and advanced technology, and new jobs coming into the market, futuristic skills such as AI, digital marketing and cloud computing require to be mastered to fulfil job demands.

Therefore, YES Foundation has partnered with FUEL, to provide career counselling and skills training to youth. On completion of the programme, the students will be awarded certificates by FUEL and YES Foundation, jointly, along with help with job placement. Interested youth can register for the programme on

The programme will make youth more self-aware through aptitude and soft skills training. It will better equip them to choose meaningful career paths and learn futuristic skills, and receive help from the collaboration to find jobs.

Through this programme, “we can convert our population into an asset through skilling and contribute to nation building,” said Nawab Malik, Cabinet Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Maharashtra.

Prashant Kumar, MD & CEO, YES BANK, believes, “Skilling youth in futuristic technology will not only offer a steppingstone to rewarding career options of the future, but also go a long way in ensuring sustained economic growth and technological innovation”.

The programme is “aligned with the Bank’s overall CSR strategy and the global sustainable development goals”.

Ketan Deshpande, founder & CEO, FUEL revealed that they had “applied for Private Skill University, and therefore, we invite leading corporates of India to partner with us.”

In addition to Malik, Kumar, and Deshpande, others who were present at the inauguration of the initiative included, Manisha Verma, Principal Secretary, Skill Development Department, Maharashtra and Santosh Huralikoppi, chief mentor, FUEL.

Having already trained 45,000 youth in futuristic skills, FUEL works in the fields of skill development, career counseling, and scholarships for the disadvantaged youth of India under the CSR initiative of various leading corporates. YES Foundation —registered as YES BANK’s ‘Settlor’ — focuses on stimulating employability and entrepreneurship and promoting environmental sustainability, to bridge gaps and act as a force multiplier towards an empowered and equitable India.

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