FedEx to empower youth with digital skilling program

July 19, 2024: FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, has teamed-up with Magic Bus India Foundation, to address the digital skills gap and employability challenges in India. This collaboration aims to upskill nearly 400 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students, with a priority on enrolling female graduates from underserved communities in Hyderabad. This initiative supports the Indian government’s strategic emphasis on nurturing a thriving pool of tech talent.

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An intensive 75-day curriculum has been created to upskill these youth in leading-edge Cloud Computing and allied technologies, along with transferable life and employability skills. Cloud Computing is a leading technology trend rapidly being adopted across businesses, making it an in-demand skill.

The curriculum will be delivered through in-person sessions conducted by expert technical and life skills trainers, facilitating a collaborative learning experience through group activities and teamwork. The digital skilling program includes periodic employer engagement sessions with industry and sector experts, providing youth with practical insights into various entry-level IT/ITeS jobs. The program offers mentorship to help youth strengthen their professional profiles, and interview preparation skills. The course culminates with an industry-relevant project and an opportunity to earn a global certification to showcase the participants acquired skills and knowledge. Upon course completion, participants receive placement assistance for entry-level jobs in IT/ITeS sector and post-placement support to ensure long-term job satisfaction and performance in the workplace.

“At FedEx, we recognize the immense potential of India’s youth and their crucial role in shaping the future,” said Nitin Navneet Tatiwala, Vice President Marketing and Air Network, Middle East Indian Subcontinent and Africa, FedEx. “Developing a rich pool of skilled professionals is essential for driving innovation and growth. Our support not only prepares the youth for immediate job opportunities but also instills the adaptability and knowledge required to thrive in today’s competitive professional landscape. This initiative reinforces our belief that by nurturing youth skills, we are creating the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, ensuring sustained progress and growth.”

Jayant Rastogi, Global CEO, Magic Bus India Foundation, said, “We are committed to implementing our shared vision with FedEx to empower youth from underserved communities through our digital skilling program, preparing them for the thriving IT/ITeS sector. This collaboration marks a significant step in developing a future-ready workforce, ensuring that these young individuals are prepared for the evolving job market. By equipping them with life and employability skills, we aim to empower them on their journey towards economic empowerment.”

These joint efforts aim to create a transformative impact by enabling youth to acquire valuable skills, secure employment, and achieve economic stability. By empowering young people to make informed career and life choices, the program enhances their individual agency, encouraging them to support their families, move out of poverty, and become role models and change agents within their communities.

FedEx has a longstanding history of supporting educational and skilling initiatives, exemplified by programs like the FedEx Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge (FedEx/JA ITC). This program enhances student’s understanding of global trade and helps them develop market entry strategies through team activities and workshops. Since its introduction in India in 2021, the program has engaged over 2,000 students, with 24 representing India at the Asia Pacific finals.

Magic Bus India Foundation Announces Laptop Donations by Marvell

Bengaluru, 31 January 2024: In the spirit of festive giving, Magic Bus India Foundation announced that Marvell Technology, Inc. showcased its commitment to skill development and empowerment through – an Employee Volunteering Programme (EVP) in Bengaluru. Marvell donated 85 laptops to Magic Bus, which will be utilised for day-to-day functions and programme training across India. Marvell, a leader in data infrastructure semiconductor solutions, recognises the importance of bridging the digital divide, aiming to empower the dedicated Magic Bus staff to transform the lives of underserved youth through skill development.

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As part of the Employee Volunteering Programme (EVP), Marvell employees actively engaged with Magic Bus India Foundations’ youths, providing valuable assistance in building resumes, offering tips on cracking interviews, and conducting mentoring sessions. The youths reciprocated by sharing their experiences and expressing how this exercise strengthens their skills. These collaborative efforts showcase the holistic approach Marvell takes in supporting skill development endeavours of Magic Bus India Foundation.

Arun Nalavadi, Executive Director – Sustainability and Livelihoods, Magic Bus India Foundation, said, “We are deeply touched by Marvell’s support as we forge ahead in our mission to catalyse transformative change in the lives of India’s youth. This partnership has been instrumental in propelling the youths we serve from mere efficiency to efficacy. The synergy between our organisations continues to redefine the possibilities for underprivileged youth, fostering a journey from potential to impactful outcomes.”

Mark Casper, Chief Legal Officer, and Executive Vice President, Marvell, said, “We are pleased that Marvell is continuing its long-standing partnership with Magic Bus which falls squarely within Marvell’s philanthropy and social responsibilities pillars. Our donation of laptops will help empower the next generation through technology and education, shaping a brighter future.”

Bharathi Kanuj, Company Secretary and India CSR Lead, Marvell, said “This initiative is reflective of our commitment to advancing education and narrowing the digital divide, it underscores the company’s dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of people and communities.”

The ‘Connect With Work’ programme, designed to impart employment skills such as communication, basic digital and financial literacy, problem-solving, goal setting and time management, and interview preparation, has demonstrated a profound impact. It successfully placed nearly 3000 youths from marginalized communities in dignified jobs across Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad. This achievement underscores the programme’s efficacy in creating substantial livelihood opportunities with renowned companies, including TeamLease Services Ltd, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Wipro Ltd, Quess Corp, among others.