American India Foundation (AIF), in partnership with CAP Foundation, today announced a Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) Centre supported by Capgemini, in Hyderabad today. The centre was inaugurated by James Robey, Director, Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Capgemini.


The LEAP MAST Employability Centre, supported by Capgemini, aims to enhance the livelihoods of around 900 youth over a period of 3 years by providing them with skill-based training in hospitality, facility management and retail marketing sectors according to the best industry standards and connect them to dignified jobs.


AIF’s Country Director, Nishant Pandey says, “At the American India Foundation, providing access to skills training for unemployed youth is a significant area of focus. We are deeply grateful to Capgemini for their support and CAP Foundation, our local NGO implementation partner. Through this MAST Centre we aim to provide 900 unemployed young people with comprehensive skills training that they need for employment and success. With the opening of this centre we have reached a cumulative total of 184 training centers in 21 states across India, harnessing India’s youth to become powerful engines of the economy.”


Speaking at the event, Hanumant Rawat, AIF’s Senior Livelihoods Advisor, informed that the trainees would be tracked through a customized tracking system and MIS. The students would be exposed to industry visits, guest lectures by industry experts and on the job trainings, besides the theory and practical classes in selected trades.


Nalini Gangadharan, Founder Trustee, CAP Foundation thanked Capgemini for supporting the initiative, as well as AIF for being a long-term supporter of CAP’s youth employability program.


Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) provides underprivileged youth with skills training and access to formal employment opportunities, including persons with disability. It also addresses the systemic imbalance between millions of disadvantaged youth lacking education and basic skills, and growing industries needing a skilled workforce.



The American India Foundation is committed to disrupting poverty, catalyzing social and economic change in India, and building a lasting bridge between the United States and India through high-impact interventions in education, livelihoods, public health, and leadership development, with a particular emphasis on empowering girls and women to achieve gender equity. Working closely with local communities, AIF partners with NGOs to develop and test innovative solutions and with governments to create and scale sustainable impact. Founded in 2001 at the initiative of President Bill Clinton following a suggestion from Prime Minister Vajpayee, AIF has impacted the lives of 2.5 million of India’s poor and aims to reach 5 million by 2018-19. With offices in New York and California, six chapters across the U.S., and India operations centered in New Delhi, AIF is transforming lives across 23 states of India while addressing these issues on a regional, country, and international scale. Learn more at



About Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST):

  • Conducts a scan of the labor market scan in each region
  • Works closely with employers to develop market-aligned training curricula
  • Three-month trainings teach workforce readiness skills as well as industry-specific skills.
  • Industries targeted range from retail, basic IT, healthcare to hospitality, and more
  • Upon completion of the training, qualified candidates are placed into entry-level jobs, creating a path to financial independence.

As on date, the MAST program has covered 21 STATES, trained 113, 822 YOUTH in 184 CENTERS.


About Capgemini:

With 180,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2014 global revenues of EUR 10.573 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model. For more information, visit www.capgemini.com. Rightshore® is a trademark belonging to Capgemini


About NGO Partner CAP Foundation:

CAP Foundation is a registered trust and an innovative workforce development initiative demonstrating end-to-end solutions to link learning and livelihood for disadvantaged young people and women.


For More Information, please contact:

Rowena Kay Mascarenhas, Head Communications, American India Foundation

M: 91-9810458779   Email: rowena.mascarenhas@aif.org


Vineeta Singh, Project Coordinator, American India Foundation

M: 91-7032300491   Email: Vineeta.singh@aif.org


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