Trivandrum gets India’s second Microsoft YouthSpark center

YoutSpark centre provides skill development training to youth between the age group 16 and 24 years.

Microsoft Corporation India, in association with NGO partner Aide et Action inaugurated its second ‘YouthSpark‘ center in Trivandrum.

YoutSpark centre provides skill development training to youth between the age group 16 and 24 years. The training will be given in basic IT skills, spoken English, personality development and job preparedness. Each centre will focus on one trade led enterprise such as IT-enabled services, retail, hospitality, automobiles etc.

From each batch of students, a select few will be trained in a simulated set-up, and encouraged to start their own group enterprises. The YouthSpark Trivandrum centre will focus on Information Technology enabled services (ITeS), automobile, hospitality and retail.

“Bridging the opportunity divide amongst youth is the focus of Microsoft globally and in a country like India, with a substantial young underserved population, it is imperative that skill-building be a focus of our efforts.

Microsoft YouthSpark builds on the company’s existing philanthropy programs that empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship.” said Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director – Citizenship and Public Affairs, Microsoft Corporation, while speaking at the launch event.

Eight more centers will be opened in the country besides the first centre in Delhi. Microsoft India has been working with many NGOs in Kerala since 2007. The Aide et Action iLEAD center in Trivandrum was started in 2007 with an aim of giving employability trainings for dropout youth from marginalized communities living in rural and urban areas. The centre has trained 1744 youth, of which more than 1600 have been found placements.

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