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Youth skills development program in New Delhi

Creation of a training program aiming to bridge the gap between demand for workers in IT and services and current youth skills.

Founded by Matthew Spacie in 1999, Magic Bus works with children and young people living in poverty in India taking them from a childhood full of challenges to meaningful livelihoods. Through its Childhood to Livelihood program, Magic Bus ensures children complete secondary education, delay their age of marriage, and get stable jobs. The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting Magic Bus India Foundation in taking its Youth Skill Development program to Noida near New Delhi in the form of a new Livelihood Centre.

Our support during the Covid-19 pandemic

 The particularity of the situation in India besides the pandemic is the dissemination of information especially among the most excluded communities. They are dealing with an unknown situation and a lack of information. Magic Bus India Foundation aims to work on three fields of the crisis : 

  • conduct telephonic, digital & door to door visits (while practicing social distancing) to sensitize the communities
  • effecting behavior change in the beneficiaries using a continuum approach to awareness generation & addressing stigma & discrimination and through distribution of health kits
  • improve access of the vulnerable population through door-step delivery of essential food supplies in the identified peri-urban areas, establishing linkages with local level government bodies & available Public Distribution Systems towards improving access to ration.

The Air Liquide Foundation support is dedicated to the mobilization of Magic Bus India Foundation staff for awareness campaigns, distribution of food and hygiene kits for nearly 500 families in Noida, Delhi area.

India: Labour market demand vs workforce gap

Given the current high-paced growth in India, demand for workers in IT (Information Technology) and ITES (Information Technology Enable Services) sectors will increase. Besides, India will have the world’s largest workforce with more than 3 million graduates and post graduates entering the Indian workforce annually by 2027. Yet, only 25% of them are considered employable in IT and ITES. There is a lack of soft skills, customer interaction skills, IT skills etc.

3 million

graduates/year in India


of the population under 25 years old

Training program

To bridge the gap between labour demand and supply, Magic Bus created its Youth Skill Development Program for first generation adolescent learners from marginalised households. The 3 months program involves the following five steps :

  1. Personal development plan : identifying jobs of interest and personal resources
  2. Life skill training;
  3. Employability skills training;
  4. IT & Financial literacy training;
  5. Professional integration: Youth are placed in jobs and followed for six months to ensure a smooth integration.

The training is a comprehensive and market-driven package of 200 hours.


youths trained over 3 years

At least

women beneficiaries

At least

succeed in finding a job

Involvement of the Air Liquide Foundation

The grant is being used in  buying IT hardware and software, in order to carry out the IT sessions.


  • Project Initiator: Magic Bus India Foundation
  • Location: Delhi, India
  • Year of support: 2019
  • Air Liquide monitoring manager: Renu Rohtagi, Human Resources Talent Manager, Air Liquide India
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