New Skills for Youth Innovation Sites 2019 Snapshot: Maharashtra, India

Launched in 2016, JPMorgan Chase & Co. New Skills for Youth (NSFY) is a $75 million, five-year global initiative aimed at transforming how cities and states ensure that young people are career ready. The local investments from across the world - Innovations Sites - aim to identify and implement the most promising ideas in career education, with a special focus on communities with the greatest needs.

Nearly a quarter of urban youth (15 to 29 years old) in India are unemployed. This is compounded by the dropout rate in India. While access to education has been on the rise in India in recent decades, 62 percent of students drop out by grade 10. To address the high dropout and unemployment rates among youth, the government proposed expanding vocational education. Lend-A-Hand India (LAHI), a nonprofit focused on improving career readiness of youth, is collaborating with state governments to integrate and scale vocational education in schools throughout india. This snapshot profiles LAHI efforts to integrate vocational education in Maharashtra, India and develop a technology infrastructure to further scale vocational education to other states in India.

To learn more about the NSFY Innovation Sites, visit the NSFY Innovation Sites Snapshots series page.

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October 2019